Dismiss the Myths: Vaginal Tightness and Looseness

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Myth: Promiscuity causes a woman’s vagina to become loose.

Reality: A woman’s sex partner can affect her vaginal elasticity, but multiple partners cannot make a woman’s vagina become permanently loose. According to Psychology Today’s Michael Castleman, vaginal tissue is very elastic. The vaginal does expand and contract for sex, but it does not remain expanded. The number of sexual partners a woman hasdoesn’t permanently alter the elasticity of the vagina.

“After relaxing during sex, vaginal muscle tissue naturally contracts–tightens–again. Intercourse does not permanently stretch the vagina,” Castleman said. “This process, loosening during arousal and tightening afterward, happens no matter how often the woman has sex.”

The only occurrence that can permanently alter a woman’s vaginal elasticity is childbirth. But even after a birth, a woman can regain her permanent elasticity, especially mothers in their late teens and early twenties. According to Castleman, women that have multiple births are the most likely to experience vaginal looseness and women of advanced age might experience a loss of elasticity.

“If you stretch elastic a great deal, over time, it fatigues and no longer snaps back entirely,” he continued. “That can happen to the vaginas of young women after multiple births. Their vaginal muscles fatigue and no longer fully contract. In addition, aging fatigues vaginal muscle. Whether or not women have given birth, as they grow older, they may complain of looseness.”

Although a woman can’t do much to loosen her vagina, there are some things she can do to tighten her vaginal muscles.

Kegel exercises are a great way for women to work on their vaginal elasticity. According to the Mayo Clinic, if a woman is having issues identifying which muscles should try to stop their urination midstream while they’re on the toilet. “Once you’ve identified your pelvic floor muscles, empty your bladder and lie on your back. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold the contraction for five seconds, and then relax for five seconds,” reads an article on the Mayo Clinic site. “Try it four or five times in a row. Work up to keeping the muscles contracted for 10 seconds at a time, relaxing for 10 seconds between contractions.” The article suggest women do this exercise three times a day.

Dismiss the Myths is a recurring feature on InHue that will explore sexual myths and misconceptions and discover the truth.

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