There is a lot happening during labour and delivery, especially if you have to undergo vaginal delivery. It is this female genital that helps you to expel your baby out of the womb and goes through the stresses and strains of childbirth. It is only logical that your vagina changes after the delivery. Though nothing drastic, but the vagina does behave and feel different post pregnancy. Here is how it changes with time.
It feels different: The best thing about the vagina is that it is elastic in nature, a reason it can expand to the maximum while the baby is coming out of the birth canal and help in a vaginal delivery. Post delivery it does return to its normal shape but it loses some of its elasticity and this is the reason why it feels loose and wide. It also remains sore and bruised right after the delivery, which heals with time. But it never goes back to its pre-pregnancy shape.
It carries a scar: Sometimes during the delivery the perineum refuses to tear on its own. In such cases, the doctor has to make a scar from the vagina to the anus to make the delivery smooth. After the delivery the mother receives stitches or episiotomy to stitch the area. Once the stitches dissolve the scar remains there for a longer time and mind you it takes time for the area to heal.
It loses its resistance power: Urine incontinence as we call it. Since the muscles of the vaginal walls become lose the vagina finds it difficult to hold on the pee for long and one might leak even while sneezing or coughing. Incontinence doesn’t get better with time; one might need medical help if it gets severe, to counter incontinence.
It hurts during sex: Yes, it does and it does for a long time. This makes one abhor sexual intimacy and it dips one sexual quotient with the partner. An episiotomy healing, regaining vaginal vigour all takes time. This is a reason why it takes months or sometimes years for a woman to get back her sexual interest.
It gets drier: Low levels of estrogen make the vagina go dry. This dryness can make sex painful, give rise to uncomfortable symptoms like itching, burning, dampness that can pave way for certain infections.