Tighten up, you loose ladies
And now we are told our vaginas are “too loose”
In the most recent Journal of Sexual Medicine, Dr. Michael Krychman (a consultant to Viveve Medical) warns, “vaginal laxity is a self reported medical condition that can affect a women’s sexual enjoyment and satisfaction”
In a world where a woman can’t be too thin, and where cosmetic procedures are available for any and all “imperfections” related to the natural progression of life, Viveve Medical has come up with more ways to 'perfect’ the female body and reduce women’s body image and sexual self esteem. They tell women that as a natural result of childbirth, their vaginas loosen and that's why they don’t enjoy sex (or maybe their partner’s don’t). There is a real thing called 'vaginal laxity’ and women don't talk to their doctors about it because they are “too embarrassed.” Fortunately, Viveve has some sort of heating/cooling tissue procedure that can tuck that vagina up nice and snug.
Vaginal laxity, defined by sexual medicine experts as “looseness of the vaginal opening” is a subjective experience, not unlike the feeling of post partum abdomen skin looseness. Does it bother women? Well, one study defined vaginal laxity by asking women if they ‘felt like they were too loose’ during intercourse. Shockingly women felt that, yes, perhaps they were “too loose”. Maybe they didn't enjoy sex because they felt too fat as well.
Given the various other physical, emotional and relationship factors related to decreased sexual interest after having a baby or in other stages of life, it is difficult to isolate what might make sex less pleasurable for women. But to be fair, vaginal and pelvic issues can certainly affect sexual functioning. We know from research that pelvic floor underactivity issues such as incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse do have a negative affect on sex.
What we can’t say for sure, however, is if it's the vagina’s fault. Incontinence during sex is inhibiting and embarrassing, but for women who don’t let it inhibit them, sex can still be great. And studies indicate that the decrease in sexual function related to pelvic organ prolapse has more to do with a woman’s decreased body image than the prolapse itself , and poor self and body image is what Viveve and other vagina tightening enterprises are banking on.
To what extent a sufficiently tight vagina is even crucial to providing necessary vaginal friction to increase arousal during heterosexual partnered sex is also not known. Considering that the crucial organ for female arousal is the clitoris, positional adjustments can be made to facilitate pleasure. This doesnt require a procedure, rather, assertiveness, comfort, and openness with a willing partner.
Several studies show that women who undergo pelvic floor rehabilitation and exercise, also improve their sexual function to some degree. Most of these studies don't do vaginal muscle strength testing before and after, and the outcome measures rely on scales. It makes sense, however, that women who exercise, feel in better control of their bodies, accept that giving birth and aging come with some 'wrinkles' along the way, would be more likely to love themselves, and as such, are likely to have a better time in bed with their partners.