Is It Possible to Have a Loose Vagina?

When it comes to the vagina, there are a lot of myths and misconceptions. Some people, for example, believe that vaginas can lose their elasticity and become loose forever. That’s not actually true, though.

Your vagina is elastic. This means it can stretch to accommodate things coming in (think: a penis or sex toy) or going out (think: a baby). But it won’t take long for your vagina to snap back to its previous shape.

Your vagina may become slightly looser as you age or have children, but overall, the muscles expand and retract just like an accordion or a rubber band.

Breaking down the myth of a ‘loose vagina’

First thing’s first: There’s no such thing as a “loose” vagina. Your vagina may change over time due to age and childbirth, but it won’t lose its stretch permanently.

The myth of a “loose” vagina has historically been used as a way to shame women for their sex lives. After all, a “loose” vagina isn’t used to describe a woman who has a lot of sex with her partner. It’s primarily used to describe a woman who has had sex with more than one man.

But the truth is that it doesn’t matter who you have sex with or how often. Penetration won’t cause your vagina to stretch out permanently.HEALTHLINE CHALLENGECreate a movement routine that you can do at home

A ‘tight’ vagina isn’t necessarily a good thing

It’s important to know that a “tight” vagina may be a sign of an underlying concern, especially if you’re experiencing discomfort during penetration.

Your vaginal muscles naturally relax when you’re aroused. If you’re not turned on, interested, or physically prepared for intercourse, your vagina won’t relax, self-lubricate, and stretch.

Tight vaginal muscles, then, could make a sexual encounter painful or impossible to complete. Extreme vaginal tightness could also be a sign of vaginismus.

Your vagina will change over time

Only two things can affect your vagina’s elasticity: age and childbirth. Frequent sex — or lack thereof — won’t cause your vagina to lose any of its stretch.

Over time, childbirth and age could potentially cause a slight, natural loosening of your vagina. Women who’ve had more than one vaginal birth are more likely to have weakened vaginal muscles. However, aging can cause your vagina to stretch slightly, regardless of whether you’ve had children.

How to strengthen your vaginal muscles

Pelvic exercises are a great way to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles are part of your core and help support your:

  • bladder
  • rectum
  • small intestine
  • uterus

When your pelvic floor muscles weaken from age or childbirth, you may:

  • accidentally leak urine or pass wind
  • feel the constant need to pee
  • have pain in your pelvic area
  • experience pain during sex

Kegel exercises

First, you need to identify your pelvic floor muscles. To do so, stop midstream while you’re peeing. If you succeed, you figured out the right muscles.

Once you do, follow these steps:

  1. Pick a position for your exercises. Most people prefer lying on their back for Kegels.
  2. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles. Hold the contraction for 5 seconds, relaxing for another 5 seconds.
  3. Repeat this step at least 5 times in a row.

As you build up strength, increase the time to 10 seconds. Try not to tighten your thighs, abs, or butt during Kegels. Just focus on your pelvic floor.

For the best results, practice 3 sets of Kegels 5 to 10 times a day. You should see results within a few weeks.

Pelvic tilt exercises

To strengthen your vaginal muscles using a pelvic tilt exercise:

  1. Stand with your shoulders and butt against a wall. Keep both of your knees soft.
  2. Pull your bellybutton in toward your spine. When you do this, your back should flatten against the wall.
  3. Tighten your bellybutton for 4 seconds, then release.
  4. Do this 10 times, for up to 5 times a day.

Vaginal cones

You can also strengthen your pelvic floor muscles by using a vaginal cone. This is a weighted, tampon-sized object that you put in your vagina and hold

To do this:

  1. Insert the lightest cone into your vagina.
  2. Squeeze your muscles. Hold it in place for about 15 minutes, twice a day.
  3. Increase the weight of the cone you use as you become more successful in holding the cone in place in your vagina.