I’m 37 years old and over the years I have lost volume around my outer labia and it looks deflated. I have given birth to three children through vaginal deliveries. Is this something I should be worried about? Is there anything I can do to fix this without going through surgery?
It is normal for your vagina to change with age – gravity affects everything, and just as the skin on your face and other parts of your body will wrinkle and sag with age, the same applies to the vulva. The vulva goes through various changes over your life-span, and it is normal for it to sag, get wrinkled and even go grey as you get older.
Your loss of estrogen, which happens with ageing and as you get closer to menopause, can result in your vulva losing some of its plumpness. This is very common, and is known as vulval vaginal atrophy. The vulva can also stretch with childbirth, and while the stretching does not usually have permanent results, women do go through some anatomical changes – babies are big!
There are no lifestyle changes or exercises that can completely reverse this, but living a healthy lifestyle can help to slow down the effects of ageing on the vulva (as with other parts of the body).