When we age, everything in our body changes, and that includes you vagina. Knowing ahead of time how your vagina will age, can help you to keep you vagina healthy and youthful throughout your lifetime.
As we get older, the vaginal walls become thinner and less eastic. The canal becomes shorter and secretions are less frequent and are thin and watery. Because of this, the vagina is drier, which can increase the risk of infection, particularly yeast infection. To combat this, there are topical and hormonal treatments.
In some cases, in an advanced age, the vagina may drop, causing swelling in the opening of the vagina. This is called vaginal prolapse and can be treated non-surgically most times. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.
Most changes to the vagina are internal but you may notice external changes, such as the plumpness of the skin on the pubic bone may be diminished and as well as the plumpness of the inner lips, making them appear longer and flatter. You may also notice less pubic hair, and gray pubic hair. The graying of pubic hair generally happens after you have already started to notice a significant amount of gray in the hair on your head. There are cosmetic surgery options for these changes as well, but remember that all surgery comes with risk and should be seriously considered. If you are considering, laser hair removal for the bikini area, please note that it does not work on hair that is already gray. So if this is something you want, be sure to have it done before you start to notice gray hairs down there.
Always remember that aging is part of life and just as our faces and bodies age, so will our vaginas. The key is aging gracefully, staying healthy and having regular checkups.