Question: Does having sex make your vagina wider?

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  • This might be the worst analogy to touch the internet, but I find it to be a relevant and all-telling one. Ready? Think of your vagina as a pair of jeans. Yes, I did it; I compared your vagina to a pair of jeans, stretch jeans in particular.  Jeans don’t always fit (usually right after they’re washed), but they stretch to fit. Your vagina does that too. It doesn’t mean it’ll remain stretched, it just means, in the moment it can. And like jeans, it goes back to its normal state/size. Check out what Health Expert Sandy has to say for the medical details.

  • Our vaginas pretty amazing things; they're designed to expand and contract as needed. Look at it this way — women who have had babies aren't walking around with vaginas the size of an 8-pound baby's head! Most of the time the vaginal walls are actually collapsed in on themselves and then, when sexually aroused, they prepare to expand. Take a look at Health Expert Sandy’s answer for the full story.

  • Your vagina is made up of different layers of tissue; think of a hose. The inside is lined with pink mucosal tissue. Surrounding that is a muscle layer. So, it does have some pliability (stretch). This is beneficial at times like labor. Vaginal intercourse will have some affect on the lumen (opening) of your vagina and probably increase the size of it.

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