From my understanding, even though your vagina might temporarily stretch during sexual activity (isn't it amazing how it stretches to accommodate different sizes and shapes?), it won't get stretched out permanently. Giving birth, on the other hand, can cause your vagina to stretch. But there's actually an exercise you can do to re-strengthen that area. According to the Mayo Clinic, Kegel exercises can strengthen your pelvic muscles. To do Kegels, clench your vaginal like you would to hold your pee. Three sets of 10 reps a day will help you keep everything strong down there! And hey, who doesn't love a workout they can do while sitting in front of the TV?
I have not heard that intercourse will stretch out your vagina. But I have heard that childbirth does in some cases stretch you out down there. But not to worry, a physician by the name of Dr. Kegel came up with an exercise to help get those muscles back in shape. Kegel exercises feel like you are squeezing and relaxing the muscles around your pelvic area. It strengthens them if you do them on a regular basis, from what my healthcare provider tells me. See what our health expert Sandy has to say on this subject as well.
The vaginal wall is made up of stretchable muscle layers and mucosal layers. These allow for the vagina to stretch during intercourse and vaginal birth. Hormones released during sexual arousal will also cause the vaginal size to “grow” a bit. As with any muscle, the more stretch it gets the more flexible it becomes. Like a rubber band, you can stretch it and when the stretch force is released, the rubber band shrinks back down -- close to, but not exactly its original size. Performing Kegel exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor, which may help to tighten the vagina. Kegels are performed by tightening the muscles around the vagina (think of the muscles you would use to stop the flow of urine). Start by holding them for three-four seconds with a short rest in between, building up to holding for 10 seconds and resting for 10 seconds. Doing 10 of these even once a day (sometimes recommended for three times daily) can help tighten those stretched muscles.
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