The effects of childbirth can cause stretching and tearing of the vaginal tissues. Although over time, the vaginal wall begins to heal on its own, it never bounces back to its original youthful state before childbirth. This can result in moderate to severe labial laxity.
Stress Urinary Incontinence
Another common result of childbirth is a condition known as stress incontinence. It involves unintentional loss of urine with activities that create a sudden movement, such as sneezing, laughing, coughing, or exercising, and place pressure on the bladder.
With the early stages of menopause, women experience reduced production of estrogen, which results in vaginal dryness, as well as inflammation and thinning of the vaginal walls; this can cause decreased sexual pleasure, as well as vaginal discomfort.
Vulvovaginal Atrophy (VVA)
VVA affects overall vaginal health. It is a result of the gradual loss of estrogen that comes with menopause. Vaginal burning, dryness, and itching are common symptoms associated with VVA.
Natural Aging Process
With aging, women begin to experience a decrease in labial skin laxity, causing the labia to sag or droop and lose a firm, youthful appearance.