As you age, you may notice a change in your vagina’s elasticity and your vagina may feel looser. Some women find symptoms worsen as they go through the menopause or after childbirth, particularly after having more than one baby. These changes are totally normal though and in most cases don’t require any treatment.
However, you might decide to have treatment if you’re bothered by these changes, particularly if:
- your vagina feels dryer
- sex is more painful
- sex is less satisfying
- you leak a little urine when you laugh or cough (symptoms of stress urinary incontinence)
If you’re concerned by changes to your vagina’s elasticity, there are a number of things you can try to improve your symptoms, including:
- pelvic floor exercises
- hormone treatments
- vagina laser tightening treatment
It’s best to speak to your GP or gynaecologist in the first instance if you’re concerned about any of your symptoms, particularly if you’re experiencing any pain in the pelvic area.
Although it’s normal to lose elasticity in your vagina, you may feel pressurised to do something about it because of all the vagina tightening advice and celebrity-endorsed products you see on the internet and in other media.
However, as much of this advice isn’t coming from medical professionals, it can be ineffective at best and dangerous at worst.
Vagina tightening home remedies may be tempting as they’re usually low-cost and easy to try yourself. However, you must approach them with extreme caution, as they can result in:
- infections (such as yeast infection)
- injury—such as the case of a woman who gained second-degree burns after steaming her vagina1.
Below we take a closer look at these home remedies.
What are vagina tightening home remedies?
A vagina tightening home remedy refers to any household product you can apply to the inside of your vagina that will allegedly help to improve its ‘tightness’ and ‘cleanliness’. This includes herbs, spices and some foods.
The vagina has a natural way of cleaning itself and the bacteria inside it help keep the vagina’s pH balance at the right level. Inserting ‘tightening remedies’ into your vagina could upset this pH balance, which can cause infections such as thrush or vaginosis.
5 vagina tightening home remedies—don’t try these at home!
For centuries, people have been using herbs to treat a huge range of medical conditions. However, this doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to put them in your vagina.
- Aloe vera
The gel inside the aloe vera plant is known for its lubricating properties and is used in some lubricating gels. But as it hasn’t been proven as a way to tighten the vagina, you shouldn’t apply it to your vagina without speaking to your GP or gynaecologist first.
- Witch hazel
Witch hazel is a shrub and its bark and leaves have long been used to treat inflammation. Applying witch hazel to a sanitary pad and cooling it is an effective way to ease the soreness of the vagina and vulva after childbirth2.
However, you shouldn’t apply witch hazel to the inside of your vagina. Indeed, you should always speak to your GP or gynaecologist before applying any product that hasn’t been prescribed or isn’t specifically designed for vaginal lubrication.
Although chemicals and vaginas are not a good mix, applying potassium alum to the vaginal walls has been touted as an effective home remedy. It’s said that the astringent properties of the chemical are good at tightening the vaginal tissue.
However, it’s really not worth the risk. Potassium alum can also cause scarring, increase the chances of infection, and absorb into your body, having toxic effects3.
Food should be eaten, not put inside your vagina. Yet despite this sensible advice, everything from lemon juice and cucumber to garlic and yoghurt has been cited as a way to cleanse and tighten the vagina.
Below we take a look at two of the most popular vagina tightening home remedies—apple cider vinegar and lemon.
Apple cider vinegar is the go-to tonic for everything from lowering blood sugar levels4 to helping with weight loss. It’s also been hyped as a way to tighten the vaginal canal.
However, because vinegar is very acidic, it could not only cause pain and irritation but also disrupt the natural balance of bacteria in your vagina5.
Lemon is said to make the vagina more acidic and lower its pH level. However, it can actually irritate the vagina and worsen urinary incontinence symptoms6.
It’s claimed that turmeric—or specifically the tuberous root of the curcuma comosa from the turmeric family—has a tightening effect when applied to the inside of the vagina and the vulva.
Although there has been a study into the effects of curcuma comosa, it was done on rats rather than people, and there is no research to say there are benefits to humans7.
5. Hot water
Douching (using water to ‘flush out’ the vaginal canal) or steaming (crouching over hot water so the steam can cleanse the genitals) not only risks upsetting the vagina’s pH balance but, in the case of steaming, could actually scold the vulva8.
Natural ways to tighten your vagina without surgery
Luckily you don’t have to rely on unproven and potentially dangerous home remedies (or surgery) to gain a tighter vagina. Below are two safer options for tightening your vagina and easing symptoms associated with vaginal atrophy and laxity.
Pelvic floor exercises
Strengthening your pelvic floor muscles is one way you can feel tighter and address issues such as stress urinary incontinence and lack of sensation during sexual intercourse.
The pelvic floor muscles are a sling-shaped set of muscles that extend from the front of your pubic bone to your pelvis. Although exercising them won’t tighten your vaginal canal (no exercise can do this as you can’t actively train the vaginal wall muscles), strengthening your pelvic floor can make the vagina feel tighter.
You can find out more about how to do pelvic floor exercises (including how to perform Kegel exercises) in our guide Vaginal exercises—what they are, how to do them and their benefits. Or, you can read more about the symptoms and causes of weak pelvic floor muscles here.
FemiLift vaginal tightening laser treatment
Vaginal tightening laser treatment is a non-surgical method that improves symptoms of vaginal dryness and laxity by stimulating the growth of new tissue on the vaginal walls. This painless treatment also helps to increase natural lubrication.
You can read more about FemiLift treatment in our guide FemiLift vaginal tightening laser treatment—what it is, the benefits and how much it costs.