Some women may feel dry down there after giving birth in their 30s. This is normal due to the fluctuation of estrogen postpartum, but the good news is that this is only temporary. If there is dryness down there during sex, a lubricant can lessen discomfort.
The best thing you can do for your vagina at this age are Kegel exercises. This helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Kegel exercises help to retain muscles post-birth and it also decreases the risk of bladder and bowel issues.
How a Vagina Changes Over Time: 40s
In your 40s, perimenopause normally starts to happen. Perimenopause usually lasts for 4 to 5 years, on average, before fully transitioning into menopause.
At this stage, a woman’s estrogen level starts to slowly decrease. This leads to irregular menstrual cycles, hot flashes, and vaginal dryness.
Giving birth when you are in one’s 40s won’t be as easy. The vagina cannot heal as fast as it used to, so it will take more time for the vagina to feel normal once more.
Sex in one’s 40s can also be uncomfortable. In their 40s, many women go through a thinning of the vaginal walls and the rugal folds flatten which prevents the vagina from expending.
This can lead to pain upon penetration, rather than pleasurable sensations, even when a woman is aroused. Increasing Kegel exercises can help make sex feel better at this stage.
How a Vagina Changes Over Time: 50s
In a woman’s 50s, the changes in the vagina are more significant. Aside from the loosening of the vaginal walls and the weakening of the pelvic muscles, pubic hair is starting to become gray and sparse at this stage.
A few things that women need to watch out for is the possibility of having the uterus, bladder, or bowel prolapse. When this happens, it can affect the bladder or bowel function as well as vaginal pressure.