You’ve delivered your child already, so we don’t need to tell you what your vagina went through during the process. While your vagina may be designed for childbirth, the effort, especially repeated deliveries, can leave its marks in terms of unwelcome vaginal changes.
If your vaginal health has changed after you delivered your child, board-certified gynecologist Dr. Jack Tubbs and the team here at Associates in Obstetrics & Gynecology offer a few solutions, including vaginal rejuvenation and labiaplasty.
Here, we explore what can happen to your vagina after delivery and what your options are for restoring your vaginal health.
Changes in your vagina — perfectly normal
If you consider what your vagina needs to do to bring your baby into the world, it’s little wonder that a few changes can take place, such as:
- Vaginal laxity
- Vaginal discharge
- Change in color and shape
- Vaginal dryness
- Changes in orgasm and sensation
These side effects of delivering vaginally are perfectly normal, and most women experience them for a certain time afterward. In most cases, these changes slowly fade as your tissues heal and rebuild and your hormones rebalance themselves. It’s important to be patient during this transition — your body will bounce back in its own time.
That said, if you still have unwelcome changes in your vaginal health after six months to a year, it may be time to come see us.
Addressing long-term changes in your vaginal health
Some women experience long-term or permanent changes in their vaginal health after delivery, especially if they’ve had multiple deliveries.
The most common complaint is ongoing vaginal laxity, inside and out. To address these issues, we recommend that you first try pelvic floor exercises, such as Kegels, which can go a long way toward tightening your vaginal tissues and reestablishing pelvic organ support. If you’re unfamiliar with Kegels, this link provides a tutorial.
If Kegels prove ineffective, we can look at vaginal rejuvenation with our innovative MonaLisa Touch® technology. With MonaLisa Touch, we deliver gentle laser energy into the walls of your vagina to improve tone, lubrication, and sensitivity.
If loose tissues outside your vagina — your genitalia — are your primary complaints, we can help there, too. To tighten the tissue, we turn to a labiaplasty, a technique in which we remove excess tissue from your labia minora.
As you can see, there are several approaches to returning your vagina to its pre-baby health, and we can help you find the one that best meets your goals and comfort.
For expert help with post-delivery vaginal changes, please contact our office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to schedule an appointment.