Yes, ladies, things "down there" do change as you get older. Getty Images Close These days, we look at our vaginas — or more correctly, vulvas — much more than women or men used to. And as we get older or after childbirth, many of us are shocked to find the area has changed. So, what can you expect to happen to your vagina?
How quickly your vagina ages is largely based on your lifestyle choices. The vulva, the part of the genitalia that includes the labia, and the vagina itself will evolve as a person's hormone levels change with age. Read on to learn how your vagina will change during puberty and into your 20s, 30s, and beyond. During puberty, your vagina begins to mature. During puberty, estrogen levels increase and young women will feel sexual sensations and urges.
How to Keep Your Vagina Healthy in Your 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s
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Since the pelvic muscles support the bladder, uterus, and bowel, a myriad of issues like urinary incontinence especially when you sneeze, cough, or laugh , bowel changes , a feeling of vaginal heaviness, and even prolapse when the uterus, bladder, or bowel slips out of place can occur when pelvic floor strength is lost with age. Vaginal birth can intensify these symptoms. Earthman adds that if you give birth vaginally in your 30s, your vagina may take a little longer to heal than in your 20s.