The term refers to a “looseness” in the vagina. Vaginal laxity is a common health concern among aging women and mothers who have gone through childbirth or who have certain medical conditions affecting collagen levels in the skin and vaginal tissue.
The ageing process causes loss of collagen fibres making the skin and other tissues thinner. Another consequence of ageing in females is menopause, when the production of the estrogen hormone (related to the growth, maintenance, and repair of the vaginal tissues) production diminishes.
Pregnancy and childbirth can greatly change a woman’s body. The pressure of pregnancy will affect the pelvic muscles and the vaginal tissues. Furthermore, placental hormones may affect collagen levels during pregnancy. While women in their first pregnancy usually recover their vaginal strength after the initial birth, it is usually lost in after more subsequent births.
In general, over time the skin loses its shape resulting in a loose vagina and creating a feeling of looseness around the vaginal area. Women dealing with this problem usually experience:
- Decreased libido
- Loss of sexual arousal
- Reduced sexual sensation & satisfaction during intercourse
- “Stress” Urinary Incontinence (SUI) / Bladder leakage
Sexual Dysfunction is more common than you may think
Sexual dysfunction is a problem preventing one from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity. Research suggests sexual dysfunction is common. It is generally classified into four categories:
- Desire disorders: lack of sexual desire or interest in sex
- Arousal disorders: inability to become physically aroused or excited during sexual activity
- Orgasm disorders: delay or absence of orgasm (climax)
- Pain disorders: pain during intercourse