According to the International Vagina Dialogue Survey, commissioned by Organon, manufacturer of the NuvaRing, many women feel insecure about their vagina. The survey revealed that more than 60 percent of women are concerned about the appearance and the size of their vagina. The most common concerns include weakened and loose vaginal muscles.
The Size of Vagina: What's Normal?
According to the Masters and Johnson data, based on the vagina sizes of 100 women, who had never been pregnant, the average length of vagina is 3 inches with ¾ inch width at the back of the vagina. During arousal the size of vagina will increase with the length up to 5 ¾ inches and the width 2 ¼-2 ½ inches at the back of the vagina.
The vagina is a tube-like organ that is surrounded by a number of muscles along its length. These are called pelvic floor muscles, which play an important role in keeping vaginal tone. The weakened pelvic floor muscles due to childbirth or obesity can lead to such problems as urinary incontinence and sexual dissatisfaction.
Many women feel that the size of their vagina is too big, because they experience less sexual satisfaction and vaginal flatulence, an emission of the sounds during sexual intercourse coming from the vagina when air gets inside. Also in some cases a woman can have prolapse, when the womb and other organs descent.
Scientists measure vaginal strength using vaginal inflated device, which is inserted into vagina for a woman to contract her pelvic floor muscles around it. A woman may also try to check her vaginal tone by inserting the index and middle fingers 2 to 3 cm into vagina and squeeze the muscles as though to stop the flow of the urine. If she is able to squeeze her pelvic floor muscles for more than 5 seconds, her vaginal tone is good enough.
Designer Vagina or Kegel Excercises?
Designer Vagina or vaginal rejuvenation became a very popular surgery to tighten a woman's vagina. Most women, who want to have designer vagina, are dissatisfied with their vagina size and tone after childbirth or want to improve their vaginal strength for increased sexual pleasure.
The procedure was earlier performed for medical problems, including gender change, rejuvenation after cancer treatment and others. However, most women nowadays want vaginal rejuvenation without having obvious medical problem.
The study of 53 women conducted in 2006 in Chile examined if vaginal surgery improved sexual satisfaction in women, who complaint about the big size of their vagina and less sexual pleasure during intercourse. The doctors did a number of vaginal surgeries, including those when the tissue inside the vagina and the tissue around the vaginal opening and between the anus and vagina is stitched. The study showed that most women reported about improved sexual satisfaction after the procedures and a small number of women were disappointed by the result.However, in 2007 the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists warned that little evidence exists to recommend women vaginal rejuvenation because there is not enough information to support the safety and effectiveness of these procedures. Besides, vaginal surgery holds a number of risks such as infections, changes in sexual sensations, painful intercourse, adhesions and scarring.
The problem is that most of the vaginal surgeries are performed in the private sector and many women do not report about any problems, because they are embarrassed to talk about these intimate problems. Also it is difficult to evaluate sexual satisfaction after vaginal surgery because sexual response is quite subjective.
Most specialists agree that Kegel exercises are considered a safer and not less effective option in strengthening vaginal muscles. Regular Kegel exercises improve vaginal tone, reduce the risk of developing urinary incontinence and increase sexual satisfaction.