Your Vagina After Childbirth

Your Vagina After Childbirth

There are few things better than looking down at your new bundle of joy and seeing them smile back up at you. It may even be enough to forget the pain of childbirth for a time.

But at the end of the day, childbirth is brutal on the body, and no one really likes to talk about the aftermath, especially when it comes to vaginal changes. 

Here at Ego, we don’t shy away from the hard topics. And more importantly, we’re dedicated to helping women understand and overcome them. We offer the best vaginal rejuvenation treatments and a compassionate team ready to help you revive your postdelivery body.

Stretching

Your vagina is uniquely designed to stretch up to three times its normal size to accommodate your baby’s journey into the world. That said, the extreme nature of childbirth often causes your vagina to loosen after you’ve had your baby. 

Vaginal stretching may be more or less severe based on how large your baby is, any complications during your delivery, and the number of babies you’ve already delivered. Some researchers believe genetic factors also play a role.

Changes in appearance

Fortunately, most changes to the vulva and vaginal opening after delivery are temporary, but some changes, such as hyperpigmentation, can stick around for the long haul. Swelling can also cause changes in appearances, even if you had a C-section.

Tears and other injuries

Sometimes, your stretched vaginal opening simply isn’t enough for your baby, and you wind up tearing “down there.” In other cases, your doctor may need to perform an episiotomy and surgically widen your vaginal opening. If your doctor needs to use forceps during your delivery, it’s also possible that you’ve sustained some damage to your vaginal tissue.

These injuries heal with time, but they can leave a scar and affect the way your vagina functions and feels. 

Changes in function

Before you gave birth, your vagina was likely strong and fully functioning. That means sex was satisfying, and your bladder never bothered you. However, after your child is born, those functions often change. 

Most women notice that it gets harder to “hold it” postchildbirth, and urine leaks even when you do something simple like sneezing. Many more women find that sex isn’t as satisfying as it used to be. 

How we can help

Whether you’re dealing with one or more of these changes, you don’t have to live with them forever. At Ego, we’re proud to offer a suite of vaginal rejuvenation services, including the Viveve® System and O-shot injections. Here’s a closer look at both. 

Viveve

The Viveve System is specially designed to address problems like urinary incontinence that occur when your vagina goes through drastic changes. During your treatment, we use a small device that looks like a slim wand to deliver powerful cryogen-cooled monopolar radiofrequency (CMRF) waves. 

The wave energy works to stimulate collagen production in your vagina, strengthening your tissues and helping you avoid the embarrassing symptoms that come with urinary incontinence. Bonus: Viveve has also proven to lead to more orgasms.

O-shot

O-shot injections harness the power of platelet-rich plasma (PRP), a type of regenerative medicine that uses growth and healing factors found in your own blood. We carefully inject PRP into the damaged areas of your vagina to address issues, such as dryness, urinary incontinence, and reduced sexual responsiveness. 

Still curious about how to address vaginal changes after you’ve given birth? We’d love to talk with you. Call or click to request an appointment at either our Modesto or Lodi, California, offices today.

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