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Knowing Your Vaginal Muscle

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Vaginal muscles are pelvic muscles surrounding the vagina where its contraction originally come from involuntary response even though it can be also controlled by the subject (voluntary response). The function and performance of vaginal muscle is not only beneficial for a pleasure of sexual intercourse but also has many health benefits, such as prevent urinary incontinence and female genital prolapses.

This vaginal vascular smooth muscle controlled by the pathway of cyclic Guanosine Monophosphate (cGMP)-  a protein kinase expressed in smooth muscle tissues – that contains an ester of phosphoric acid that plays a role in the regulation of smooth muscle contraction, as well as the specific cGMP substance known as phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5), which are both of them will response to an increased blood flow in the vagina causing sexual arousal or the strength (tones) of muscle itself.

In addition to involuntary contraction, the strength or tone of this muscle also influences the continuous contraction and endurance where its performances influenced by many factos such as being overweight, nutrient intake, aging, frequent of sex, childbirth, diseases, and hormonal status, causing the tone become saturated or even dysfunction and declined of vaginal muscle mass.The strength of vaginal muscle or pelvic floor muscle (PFM) can be measured by an instrument commonly used in obstetrics – a vaginal mamometry or perineometer for Maximmaly Voluntary Contraction (MVC) and endurance.

For women who were described as those with a poor pelvic muscle tone or loose vagina, and those with pelvic floor muscle dysfunction which often found in postpartum either caused by vagial delivery or cesarean due to injuries from obstetric events, there is no other intervention than improving their hormone levels (particularly with estrogen) to get their estrogenic activities that can stimulate above mechanisms, or doing Kegel exercises to train self-contraction (voluntary contraction) of their vaginal muscle.

Meanwhile, restoring the tightness of vaginal muscle by simply cutting this muscle fibers often we head as surgical procedures for vaginal muscle tightness.This is not completly true as the mechanism of contraction and smooth muscle tone would not be influenced by surgery outcomes rather than simply cut it for more narrow and tight but over the time and frequent of sex, it will stretch back.

In fact, there are so many recurrence vaginal and uterine prolapses for women underwent certain vaginal surgeries after several yeears that well documented in many medical journals indicating the tone of vaginal muscle still poor post-op. Read one of studies here for better understanding. This is including the strength of vaginal wall post surgery (ref).There are so many studies stated that certain vaginal surgical procedures (such as vaginal mesh surgery and such) offering lower recurrence rate and complication risks.

Regardless any improvement surgical procedures to date however, vaginal surgery has nothing to do with restoring the strength of vaginal muscle or wall (tissue) rather than resection of prolapses where its recurrence rate influenced by their hormone status post-op that helps patients healed over the time.

Read a study that shows how topical hormone replacement therapy overcomes prolapses, urinary incontinence, vaginal atrophy, and female genital disorders, which is translated into how important of estrogenic activities to restore the strength of vaginal or pelvic floor muscles, as well as female genital disorders here.That’s why, gynecologists and health experts suggested these women should also improve their estrogen levels post-op through dietary intervention, healthy lifestyle, kegel exercise, or hormone replacement therapy to maintain the strength both smooth muscle and tissue (vaginal wall).

Vaginal surgery or reconstruction is a good way if you already had vaginal or uterine prolapses, presence of tumor in smooth vaginal muscles, or malformation of vaginal vascular. But still, you should also maintain your estrogen levels as female genital prolapses mostly occurred due to estrogen deficiency causing recurrence incidence or exacerbate the disease with above mechanisms.

So, what’s this all about?

If you want to restore or tighten up vaginal muscles, underlying cause of estrogen deficiency should be taken into account first. That means, you repair and maintain it from the root cause of matter. See the picture below for the comparison between a weak and strong vaginal muscle mass for real strong of vaginal muscles.

Unfortunately, menstruation, diseases, aging, childbirth, side effect of medications (including oral contraceptives or fertility drugs), and other potential factors such as unhealthy lifestyle (heavy alcohol drinker or smoker), are factors that influences declined estrogen levels. Moreover to menopausal and postmenopausal women which is described as women with no more estrogen hormone will be produced.

The estrogenic activities of your estrogen does not only rejuvenate vaginal or pelvic floor muscles by increase or maintain the solid and fat of your vaginal muscle, but also rejuvenate vaginal tissue or wall by increasing collagen production that will be expsosured in the tissue, and keep the vaginal actively producing vaginal fluids for better moisture.

Otherwise, you can try certain vaginal tightening and rejuvenation gel/cream containing certain herbs with active estrogenic activities as an “external soruce of estrogen” to increase your vaginal muscle mass and restore its tone as well as thickening and more elastic of vaginal wall, including to the specific agent that can constrict the vagina within minutes for short-term outcomes. This process can be faster as it also contains abundant natural phenols that can speed up the absorption of these active substances.

Read the review of such products that available in the market these days, type of igredients they use, its effectiveness, as well as potential side effects in our homepage.