As we age, some parts of our bodies don’t seem to work the way that they used to. It’s easy to write off some ailments as “just aging”, reasoning to ourselves that, “Well, this is just life now, I guess.” This reaction is even more common when it comes to our reproductive and sexual health.
For some, it’s because they’ve heard from other women in their lives that these things just happen, especially after childbirth or menopause, but for many more, it’s because of the embarrassing and private nature of the problems. No one wants to admit to problems down there or to have to ask a doctor about ways to make your vagina tight.
At this point, many women may be tempted to turn to Dr. Google — who, it turns out, does not actually have any sort of medical degree and should not be trusted. The vaginal tightening home remedies you may find on Google range from medically-sanctioned to downright horrifying, which is why you should consult your doctor first before trying any treatments for sexual or reproductive health problems.
Here are 3 popular vagina tightening home remedies that you should avoid at all costs:
Food of Any Kind
Food goes in your mouth. Nowhere else. Do not put any food items inside your vagina, period. Your doctor would never recommend this and any online resource or friend who does is sharing bad information.
People have long touted various food items as miracle cures for various vaginal maladies. Apple cider vinegar and lemon have been said to reset the acidity levels in your vagina and possibly tighten the vaginal walls. Because of their high acidity, both of these can cause major pain and irritation inside and around the vagina, vulva, and labia, and can even worsen incontinence. Lemon and lime juice also do not prevent the spread of HIV or other STIs, as some people claim.
Some people also use yogurt because of its low acidity, hoping to balance pH levels, tighten the vaginal canal, or replenish the good bacteria inside their vaginas. This is also nonsense. Yogurt does not carry the same strains of bacteria as those that make up your vaginal microbiome. In fact, most yogurts contain sugars that, when introduced, could cause or worsen yeast infections.
While eating well can have an overall effect on your vaginal health, there are no foods that can be eaten or inserted that can tighten your vaginal canal. Moreover, your vagina is a self-cleaning organ and does not need outside cleaning help. If you have an infection, your doctor can prescribe antibiotics.
Herbs and Spices
Your vagina is an organ, not a soup, so do not insert herbs and spices into it! Turmeric, a spice frequently touted as a miracle cure for everything from arthritis to cancer does have some health benefits but has not been shown to tighten the vagina when ingested or inserted. Inserting turmeric could lead to irritation.
A related plant, Curcuma comosa, shows up frequently in vagina-tightening marketing ploys as a proven tightening agent. However, these effects are far from proven! Curcuma comosa did lead to some tightening in rats’ uteruses in one decades-old study but has not been tested on, let alone proven to help human women.
Witch hazel and aloe vera are also often used as remedies for a wide range of ills. Some women prefer aloe as a natural lubricant, and while it may not be as harmful as some of the other items on this list, it does not offer any tightening effects and should not be applied internally without first consulting your doctor, especially if it contains anything other than 100% pure aloe, straight from the plant.
Similarly, plants like boiled gooseberries should not be inserted. At best, they will have no effect. At worst, they can cause damage like burns and tears if they’re too hot when inserted! In fact, you should always avoid using hot water near your vagina, including inserting or spraying hot water inside or squatting over steam baths. Hot water can scald the inside and outside of your vagina and vulva area and may introduce harmful bacteria.
Tightening products, pills, gels, and creams
It is also worth pointing out that there are plenty of products available that supposedly help you tighten your vagina, but they are simply scams that monetize your insecurities and feed you a placebo effect. There are no pills you can take orally that will help with the tightness of your vaginal walls or pelvic floor.
Similarly marketed tightening creams and gels are made of glycerin, just like some lubes — so not only do they have no effect on tightness or firmness, but glycerin has also been known to lead to yeast or bacterial infections. No thank you!
These products cannot help you with your genuine health concerns and, even worse, they prey on your insecurities to convince you that something is wrong with your body even when that’s not true.
What Should You Do Instead?
Consult a physician if you have any concerns over your sexual or reproductive health. If you’re wondering how to tighten your vagina naturally, the best option is pelvic floor exercises. You can get started with Kegels at home and they don’t cost you a dime.
These exercises strengthen the muscles in the pelvic floor, which supports your pelvic organs — uterus, bladder, rectum, and even your small intestine. It’s kind of like squats for your vagina! You can do these on your own, or you can see a pelvic floor specialist who can guide you and teach you pelvic floor exercises to bring home.
You can safely add vaginal weights to Kegels, too, which not only helps strengthen your pelvic floor muscles but can also lead to better and more dependable orgasms. Just be careful not to start with weights that are too heavy for you and to use the proper technique.
Vaginoplasty has seen a rise in popularity over the last several years, once again largely driven by insecurities over the tightness of vaginas. Vaginal tightening surgery may be the right option for you if you’ve had significant tearing and other major symptoms after giving birth. But any surgery, especially an invasive one in this area, carries significant risk and a heavy price tag along with it, so it’s not for everyone.
There are also non-surgical procedures available. Laser treatment like MonaLisa Touch is non-invasive and performed as an out-patient procedure and we use lasers to stimulate the collagen within the vaginal walls. This treatment helps fight dryness, loss of elasticity, incontinence, pain, and burning.
The fact is, you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of vaginal dryness, weakness, urinary incontinence, or painful and unsatisfying sexual experiences.
You should feel comfortable discussing your symptoms with your doctor, even if they are embarrassing or seem insignificant. If you don’t feel like your doctor will take your symptoms seriously, then you should find a new doctor you can trust. A good OB-GYN will help you understand your symptoms, look for the underlying causes, and guide you as you assess your options.
Do not try any home remedies you read about online without consulting with a medical professional first because often these remedies can do more harm than good. Just running a Google search for “how to make vagina tighter” is not likely to yield practical, healthy medical advice. Real, medically-approved remedies are available, from pelvic floor exercises to MonaLisa Touch laser treatments.
If you would like to achieve the remedies listed above, contact us at the office of Dr. Krinsky today. We have experienced and qualified staff who can help you get you on the right track for vagina tightening remedies.