Three major events in a woman’s life can lead to a decline in vaginal health:
Childbirth stretches the vaginal canal and surrounding tissue. The vagina can mostly be repaired by the body’s own healing response, but often the tissue may not return to the same state as before childbirth. The stretching of childbirth damages the vaginal walls, perineum, and surrounding tissue, which often leads to diminished vaginal health and functions.
Stress Uurinary Incontinence is another symptom, as well as vaginal laxity after childbirth, which can impact satisfaction with sexual intercourse.
Menopause and other events such as a hysterectomy, chemotherapy, or the process of breastfeeding, may lead to reduced estrogen by the ovaries and may often lead to thinning, drying and inflammation of the vaginal walls. Vaginal atrophy or dryness is a common symptom in postmenopausal women. For many women this may decrease healthy vaginal function.