Can the vagina tighten over time?

The vagina is a flexible organ that can undergo many types of stretching over a lifetime, from tampon or vibrator insertion, to pelvic examination or intercourse, to childbirth. But after any stretching, it’s designed to go back to its original size.

Sexual arousal starts a certain degree of “loosening.” When a woman is aroused, her vagina prepares for penetration by relaxing and lubricating, allowing it to be ready for penetration.

Still, sometimes women feel their vagina is too “tight,” especially after a long period without sexual penetration, making intercourse uncomfortable. Reasons may include the following:

What can women do if they feel their vagina is too tight?

Women who are concerned about a tight vagina should see their health care provider, internist, women’s health care professional, or gynecologist.

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