After giving birth vaginally, you may notice a loose feeling in your vagina due to weakening of the muscles in the interior vaginal walls. Vaginoplasty, or vaginal rejuvenation, is a cosmetic procedure that can tighten the vaginal cavity.

Why Have a Vaginoplasty Postpartum?

Childbirth can leave you experiencing decreased friction and sexual pleasure due to loosening of the vaginal muscles and widening of the vaginal canal. Vaginal rejuvenation is a procedure that removes excess tissues and tightens the underlying muscles of the vagina. In addition to increased sexual pleasure and improved self-confidence, some women report reduced stress urinary incontinence after vaginoplasty- when combined with pelvic floor strengthening exercises.

How Long Postpartum Should I Wait?

It’s important to wait at least three to six months after giving birth before undergoing a vaginoplasty. This allows any stitching that had to be done, such as an episiotomy, time to heal. Also, swelling and stretching from pregnancy and childbirth will subside. Your gynecologic surgeon can work with you to develop a postpartum plan for your vaginal rejuvenation.

After the Vaginoplasty

Typically, your gynecologic surgeon will take one to two hours to complete the vaginoplasty. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia, so you will spend another hour in recovery with a nurse. Afterwards, you will need to ensure someone is there to drive you home.

You will be able to return to work and light activities after three to four days. Your gynecologic surgeon will release you to resume exercise and sexual intercourse after four to six weeks. It’s important to give your body the proper time to heal to prevent re-stretching of the vagina.

Childbirth After Vaginal Rejuvenation

While it’s possible to give birth vaginally after a vaginoplasty, it is recommended you wait until you’re done having children before electing to have the surgery. Since childbirth stretches the vaginal canal, you could see re-loosening of the vaginal muscles and tissues- requiring a second vaginoplasty.

Talk to your gynecologic surgeon to see if vaginoplasty postpartum is an option for you.