How Does Your Vagina Change After Childbirth?

How Does Your Vagina Change After Childbirth?

Date 26 Sep 2023  

Childbirth is an intense event in the life of a woman. After nine months of growing and nourishing a child in the womb, the prospect of giving birth might be overwhelming. However, childbirth can be one of the most painful experiences for a woman due to the extreme physical stress involved. 

Having a vaginal delivery affects the body of a woman and can result in some temporary alterations to her vagina. At this point, it's necessary to state the obvious facts about women: every woman's vagina is unique, and no two vaginas (before or after birth) look the same. However, there are a few common alterations that women frequently notice following a vaginal delivery. This blog provides detailed information provided by the vaginoplasty surgeon in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics on the changes in the vagina noticed after childbirth. It even suggests treatment options to restore the vagina's appearance, functioning, and health.  

How Vagina Changes After Childbirth?

The aftermath of vaginal delivery may include the following vaginal changes:

1. The vagina may become drier over time.

When a woman is pregnant, her body produces higher levels of several hormones, including estr-ogen. Then, after giving birth, her estr-ogen levels decline, which can cause dryness.

Estr-ogen contributes to the moistening of vaginal tissue with a clear lubricating fluid. With the decline in estr-ogen hormone levels, the vagina gets dry, and even vaginal tissue may shrink and become thinner. 

If a woman is not breastfeeding, vaginal moisture may return to normal in a few weeks. However, breastfeeding can keep those estr-ogen levels low, causing a woman’s vagina to be dry all the time when she is nursing. When a woman quits nursing, her vagina should immediately return to a normal and hydrated state.

Meanwhile, to help ease discomfort caused by the dry vagina, the following things can work: 

  • taking estr-ogen supplements
  • staying hydrated
  • applying vaginal moisturisers
  • applying external lubricants before having sex or foreplay
  • communicating about vaginal dryness with her sexual partner.

Vaginal dryness can be quite uncomfortable at any time. If a woman is experiencing severe, painful postpartum vaginal dryness, consult the doctor about vaginal lubricants or moisturisers made specifically to address this problem. They may have OTC medication recommendations, depending on the situation.

2. The vagina may be a little wider after pregnancy.

The vagina and vaginal opening normally shrink after being expanded at the time of vaginal delivery. However, the doctor believes that having a large baby, a baby with a large head, or having several vaginal deliveries may make it less likely to go back 100 percent. As a result, the vagina may be slightly wider than its pre-birth shape. 

If a woman is concerned about her vaginal width or experiencing difficulties with sexual pleasure, then consulting a gynaecologist in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics can help. 

3. The vagina gets painful and sore because of vaginal tears.

Following vaginal childbirth, a woman may experience cramps and soreness in the perineum- the area between the vagina and anus. The type, duration, and severity of pain and soreness will vary from one woman to another. Some women will have perineal tears while others might have episiotomy wherein the incision is made in the perineum to widen the vaginal opening. In either of the cases, stitches will be needed. These stitches heal in a month. Mild vaginal tears at the time of vaginal delivery usually heal in a few weeks. In the meantime, to relieve pain, women can sit on a padded ring, take OTC painkillers, or apply cold compresses 

4. There is vaginal discharge.

After vaginal delivery, it’s normal for a woman to expect some vaginal bleeding and discharge. Over time, this vaginal bleeding reduces and eventually stops. Some women might experience postpartum vaginal discharge lasting for a few weeks. The vagina discharges lochia which contains mucus, WBCs, tissue, and blood. At this time, women must avoid the use of tampons and instead use sanitary pads. 

5. Women may urinate when laughing, coughing, jumping, or even simply strolling downhill.

Vaginal childbirth may damage the pelvic floor, which is made up of muscles and other tissues that aid in keeping organs like the uterus, bladder, and intestine in the correct places so they function properly. Childbirth can also have an impact on the muscles and nerves that control the urethra and bladder- the tubes through which urine exits the body. All of this can result in urine escaping from the body at inconvenient times, such as while walking, leaping, or laughing.

The good news is that this urinary incontinence will get better over time, but it is a symptom that needs to be addressed. If it does not get addressed several non-surgical and surgical vaginal tightening treatments in Hyderabad are offered at Eternelle Aesthetics.

6. Depending on how the pelvic floor has changed, orgasms may also differ.

During orgasm, the muscles of the vagina and uterus contract rapidly and rhythmically. These contractions are pleasurable because they relieve muscle tension that has built up during the excitement and plateau phases. If the pelvic floor has weakened as a result of childbirth, the contractions may no longer be as intense, and the orgasms may not feel as powerful as they used to. Kegel exercises in Hyderabad may help women strengthen the pelvic floor and restore some of that intensity over time.

Difficulty having an orgasm is also possible after vaginal delivery because of fatigue, reduced levels of sexual desire, postpartum depression, psychological changes after pregnancy, and pain or discomfort while having sex. 

7. There is a change in vulva colour. 

Pregnancy results in a rise in estr-ogen and prog-esterone levels which increases blood flow and leads to darkening of the vulva. Such a change may be temporary or permanent. 

Some treatments to address bothersome changes in the vagina after childbirth.

1. Vaginoplasty in Hyderabad

Vaginoplasty is a surgical technique to repair vaginal injury after childbirth. The procedure involves the removal of the extra vaginal skin, the use of sutures to secure loose tissues in some portion or whole length of the vagina, and a reduction in the opening size of the vagina. As it “tightens up" the surrounding muscles and soft tissues of the vaginal area, there is improved sexual sensation and sensual enjoyment.

Benefits of Vaginoplasty Surgery

  • The primary goal of vaginoplasty surgery is to tighten the vaginal area to increase friction for optimal sensual stimulation. 
  • Most women who have given birth have experienced genital muscle relaxation, which can lead to urinary issues such as urine incontinence and uterine prolapse. A vaginal tightening procedure can assist in resolving such concerns by restoring the muscles to their natural diameter and shape.
  • Body difficulties and insecurities might result from asymmetrical or large labia. As a result of the unusual appearance and condition of intimate areas, some women find it embarrassing to undress in front of their partners or to wear tight-fitting clothes. A vaginoplasty can improve the appearance of a woman's vaginal area and make her more confident. 

2. BTL Emsella in Hyderabad

BTL Emsella is a new treatment that is altering the lives of women all over the world. This cutting-edge equipment enhances intimate health and wellness by offering individuals suffering from incontinence a non-invasive, painless treatment that takes less than a half-hour every session.

BTL Emsella is an excellent treatment choice for:

  • Women who have urinary incontinence
  • Women who are dissatisfied with their romantic relationships
  • Mothers who require postpartum care.

How does BTL Emsella work?

The BTL Emsella chair combines HIFEM technology to unintentionally activate the pelvic floor muscles, allowing women to tense pelvic floor muscles significantly more than with traditional kegel exercises. The HIFEM technique uses electromagnetic currents to generate a magnetic field that causes contractions in the pelvic floor muscles, exercising them like any other muscle to strengthen and tighten them.

BTL Emsella can perform 11,000 kegels per session. Electromagnetic currents also stimulate the development of new muscle fibres and proteins in the pelvic floor muscles, which improves neuromuscular control of the bladder.

During the therapy session, a woman sits in a chair, fully dressed, and can read or watch a favourite show. Usually, she will experience only mild tingling and minor muscular contractions throughout the procedure. There is no recovery time following treatment, and women can resume their daily activities immediately.

A course of six treatments spread out over three weeks is normally recommended, but women can feel the difference after just one.

Benefits of BTL Emsella

  • A non-invasive treatment that requires no recovery time.
  • During the procedure, women remain fully clothed.
  • It restores bladder and pelvic muscle control without the need for time-consuming exercises.
  • A soothing treatment that allows patients to unwind during the 28-minute session.
  • Women may see improvement after just one session, and results will continue to improve in the coming weeks.
  • After around six sessions, typically twice a week, tangible benefits can be seen.

If you are experiencing any problems in your vagina following childbirth get in touch with a vaginal tightening doctor in Hyderabad at Eternelle Aesthetics. They can help you repair your vaginal area and get your rejuvenated vagina again. Get in touch for more details.