How does my vagina change with age?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

In your twenties and thirties, the vaginal walls are bathed in hormones, making them strong and robust. But as you enter your forties, hormone levels, namely estrogen, gradually start to decline. This causes the walls, which are comprised of mucous membranes (vaginal mucosa), to become less resilient and more susceptible to trauma. Inflammation or tears are more likely to occur, which can cause pain during sex.

A variety of lubricants—oil-, water- and silicone-based—effectively combat vaginal dryness. Talk to your gynecologist to see what brand she recommends. Saliva also works well as a lubricant and can enhance foreplay.

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Dr. Jennifer L. Ashton, MD
OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist)

Watch as obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. Jennifer Ashton discusses how a woman's vagina changes as she ages.

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