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Navigating Vulva Changes With Aging

As we gracefully journey through life, our bodies undergo a natural evolution of changes. These changes happen to our faces, our necks, our bodies and also extend to the delicate tissues of the vulva. While some of these changes may be harder to embrace than others, understanding why they happen and the options available to you that can improve your vulvar and vaginal health is essential to your overall sexual wellness. Let's explore the impact of aging on the vulva-especially the labia majora and minora, and discuss some strategies you can utilize to navigate this journey with confidence.

Vulva Changes Wth Aging

The Aging Process: Just like the skin on our face, the labia majora and minora are not immune to the effects of aging. As we age, the loss of collagen and elastin, coupled with fluctuations in hormone levels, can lead to changes in these vulvar tissues. Estrogen, a hormone vital for maintaining blood flow, lubrication, and collagen production, begins to decline as early as our 30s and further decreases during menopause. This decline in estrogen can affect the vulvar tissue in a variety of ways.

Common changes associated with aging include:

  • Gradual paleness and increased looseness of labial tissue.

  • Diminished sensitivity and muscle tone.

  • Vulvar tissue atrophy and dryness, leading to potential irritations and allergies.

  • Thinning of the skin, making tissues more susceptible to tears and discomfort.

What Can We Do About It

Strategies for Supporting Vulvar and Vaginal Health: Embracing self-care practices and seeking professional guidance can significantly improve vulvar and vaginal health as we age. Some strategies you may consider include:

  •  Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy: Pelvic floor exercises and physiotherapy can help strengthen the muscles supporting the pelvic floor, improving tone and sensation.

  • Estrogen Therapy: Hormone replacement therapy can be an effective option for managing symptoms associated with vulvar atrophy and dryness. Consult with a healthcare provider to explore this option.

  • Lubricants and Moisturizers: Incorporate water-based or silicone lubricants and vaginal moisturizers into your routine to enhance comfort and moisture levels in the vulvar area.

  • Sin Worthy Treatments: Innovative treatments such as labial filler injections, micro-needling, and the Plus 90 procedure can rejuvenate labial tissue, addressing concerns related to hydration, texture, and sensation. For more information I encourage you to book in for a consultation to see which treatment might be best suited for you.

As we try to embrace the natural changes that come with aging, it is essential to remember that sexual wellness in aging plays a valuable role in your life and discussions surrounding your sexual life deserve adequate attention and care. We are moving into a world that is becoming less stigmatized when it comes to a woman’s sexual health, however barriers to open dialogue unfortunately still exist. You are not alone in your experiences or on this journey, and here at Sin Worthy, our goal is always to empower you with knowledge and resources to feel confident in your sexual wellness evolution. If you have questions about vulva changes with aging, we welcome you to call or text 647-350-7546.

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