6 Ways Your Vagina And Vulva Will Change As You Age, 'Cause Gravity Affects Everything

There are certain physical aspects of aging that we’re all pretty familiar with. Wrinkles. Weight gain or loss. Saggy skin. Greying hair. Those are obvious because they’re visible, right? We can see Mom’s hair getting whiter; Grandpa’s wrinkles getting deeper; Auntie’s age spots on her hands. What we don’t usually see, however, is what happens to other people’s genitals as they age because, well, we’re not a culture that walks around with our balls and bits out. But your genitals change as you age. Just as the rest of your body shifts and sags and looks different as you get older, so too do your vulva and vagina.

Your genitals are going to going through some serious transformations as you go through life, especially if you decide to give birth vaginally at some point. Birth is the obvious game changer when it comes to changing shape but even women who choose to not have children will notice changes down there through the years.

So what are your genitals going to look like through the years? Will they sag? Wrinkle up? Get grey? The answer to all of those is yes: And more. Keep reading for six ways your vagina and vulva are going to transform in the years to come.

1. Your Pubic Hair Is Going To Be Way On Trend

By which I mean grey, like all the cool kids are doing these days. It may also go white or get thinner, especially post-menopause when your body starts producing different hormones. Oh, also, totally anecdotally: My mom’s pubes apparently went bright red when she was pregnant with both me and my brother, so I guess temporary fire crotch is a possibility too?

2. Your Vulva Might Get Thinner

Quick vocab lesson. Your vulva is the outer part of your bits, including your labia (the part that looks like lips) and your clitoris. Your vagina, on the other hand, is your inside parts — the canal inside your body that penises, fingers, and fun sex toys go into and babies come out of.

Vulva = outside. Vagina = inside. Got it? Good.

As they age, many women experience Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA), which sounds scarier than it is. Don’t worry: they're not going to shrivel up and fall off. What might happen in your AARP years, however, is that your loss of estrogen results in your vulva losing some of its plumpness. It might also change color (getting darker or lighter) and appear to be smoother.

3. It Might Stretch With Childbirth

This is probably the most obvious, but women who choose to have babies and choose to deliver vaginally may experience a change in size in their vagina and vaginal opening. That makes sense, right? Babies are big!

4. Your Vagina Will Probably Shrink

Once you’re past childbearing years, your vagina decides that it’s time to chill out a little bit. Your vaginal opening may get smaller and your vaginal canal shorter.

5. You Might Experience Dryness

Many women get dry down there when they’re older, which can lead to some unpleasant itching. Luckily, there are moisturizers you can use use to keep your poon happy, even as your body decides it’s not so interested in keeping you comfortable anymore.

6. You’ll Be At A Higher Risk Of Infections

And I mean everything except for yeast infections, which are usually caused by too much moisture. However, all that dryness, plus the thinning of your vulva means you’ll be at a higher risk for both UTIs and STIs — bummer.

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