Vaginal Laxity Impacts Sexual Satisfaction
In a survey of over four hundred women who had vaginal deliveries, nearly half reported some level of concern with vaginal looseness, otherwise known as vaginal laxity.
Women who experience this loss of tightness may also notice a decreased feeling of sensation and sexual satisfaction during intercourse. These changes can affect a woman’s overall sexual health and are a quality of life issue for millions of women every year.
Just like skin, vaginal tissue is made up of collagen fibers. During vaginal childbirth these tissues can overstretch, damaging the collagen and creating a feeling of looseness (laxity), especially around the vaginal opening.
A woman often will not talk about vaginal laxity with her physician for several reasons:
- Embarrassed to bring it up
- Perceives her physician as too old or too young; or that the physician wouldn’t understand if not a woman or if s/he doesn’t have children
- Doesn’t know how to articulate her experience
- Doesn’t talk about her sexual health with her physician
- Concerned if she brings it up she’ll be dismissed or not taken seriously
A physician may not talk with patients about vaginal laxity or other post childbirth physical changes that women may experience for several reasons:
- May not feel comfortable talking to patients about a condition for which s/he may not know of a good solution.
- May have limited knowledge about available treatments
- Doesn’t have time during a routine or annual visit to discuss sexual health concerns