Here’s What Happens to Your Vag as You Age
Anticipate these changes
Your 20s is the time to start getting into the habit of proper genital cleanliness. Wiping front to back, wearing cotton briefs to minimize UTIs and yeast infections, and washing your vulva with a gentle scent-free soap. If you don’t have time to shower at the gym before going out, they sell individually wrapped wipes in the feminine care aisle.
Want to have children early? “The vagina is more forgiving when you have a baby at 25 versus 35,” Dr. Sherry Ross, M.D., OB-GYN told Romper.
Doing laser hair removal on your pubic hair? “The procedure messes with the hair follicles and can cause discoloration, though this is rare,” said Alyssa Dweck, MD, OB/GYN and author of The Complete A to Z for Your V to Romper.
A lot of women get on birth control pills during their 20s and 30s. Many pills lead to vaginal dryness, so having lube handy is nothing to be embarrassed about. Just make sure it’s not expired. Also, don’t use silicone lube on silicone adult toys.
To get ahead of this issue, there are so many other options for birth control these days. There’s the increasingly popular IUD, the shot, the implant, the patch, and even more permanent methods.
Also in your 30s, your labia minora (the inner lips of your vulva) can darken because of hormonal changes or pregnancy. Muscle and nerve damage can happen due to the amount of force put on the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy and labor. Varicose veins may also appear on your outer bits during this time, according to Prevention Magazine.
Have you been shaving or waxing your pubic hair for decades? Your hair will start to thin out in your 40s. There’s also the possibility of pigment changes.
Your body starts preparing for menopause, so your estrogen levels will start to drop. On average, around this time the vag will lose elasticity and it’ll be noticeably drier, reports Meaww.