HOW OUR VAGINAS CHANGE AS WE GET OLDER

I don’t like being the bearer of bad news, but someone’s gotta do it.

It’s easy to forget what puberty felt like when you’re twenty years down the line and your body has been the only consistent thing in your life since then. But, hey, there’s always your 40s, 50s and 60s to remind you that nothing remains the same forever, not even your vagina…

Pubic Hair: As women grow older, their pubic hair gets thinner and greyer… It also starts falling out. This, of course, is not a terrible thing as for those who, like me, manicure their lawns, this means less work in the long-run!

The Vulva: The lips – or, as my niece refers to them, ‘the beef curtains’ – remain largely unchanged between the late teens and the mid-50s. Nevertheless, due to our body producing less oestrogen, the lips become less plump and smoother. Some women choose to have labiaplasty at this point – and that’s fine – but if you’re not too bothered, then this is seriously nothing to worry about.

The Vagina: Lack of oestrogen also affects the canal, which becomes narrower and shorter. This could impact how you feel after having sex – by causing irritation, for example. But it could also make you feel uncomfortable after exercising or simply walking to the local post office. Riveting times!

Infections: While the risk of getting yeast infections does not increase, our risk of getting urinary tract infection goes up because of the thinning of the issue around our urethra. This also makes us more vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, so be extra careful!

Libido: Some women experience a drop in libido as they get older, which means they’ll be less likely to feel horny. I’m still not at that stage and, it seems, I never will, as the best way to keep your libido up is by having sex regularly!

What Doesn’t Change: You should still visit your gynaecologist regularly, even when you get older and even if you’ve undergone a hysterectomy. It’s important to stay safe!

Are there any other changes you’ve noticed in your vagina?