The surgery for tightening/ rejuvenating the vagina is called vaginoplasty. The surgery is considered reconstructive plastic surgery and is a cosmetic procedure for the vaginal canal and its mucous membrane (they remove parts of your vaginal lining).
The procedure can also help if the vulvo-vaginal structures are absent or damaged because of congenital disease or an acquired cause such as childbirth, physical trauma, and cancer.
Some women who have had the procedure done, say their self confidence is elevated. So it seems vaginoplasty provides hope for some.
But the World Health Organisation calls vaginoplasty female genital mutilation.
WHO defines female genital mutilation as “procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.”
Vaginoplasty side effects include infection, altered sensation, adhesions, scarring and dyspareunia which is the scientific term for painful intercourse.
Vaginoplasty is available in South Africa and is commonly performed by gynecologists, though a few plastic surgeons will do it.
There are alternatives to vaginoplasty. There are many exercises that can be done to tighten vaginal muscles.
Kegel exercises/ PC muscle exercise:
This is an exercise that you can do literally anywhere at any time. It is also refredd to as pelvic floor exercises. It is simply the act of clenching and unclenching your walls. To get you started you can try it out when you pee. Try to stop your pee midstream by clenching your vaginal walls, then let go and that is the rhythm you have to keep.
Aloe Vera: Some people recommend using aloe vera gel. The gel is known for repairing torn or damaged vaginal walls and can be used as lubricant as well. It also can prevent vaginal infections. You rub the gel on your vulva, and should be applied 5 to 6 times a day.
Ben-wa balls: Ben-wa balls are sold as sex toys. They are small, marble-sized balls, usually hollow and containing a small weight. They normally have a string attached for retrieval. They are inserted into the vagina and you use your Kegel muscles to hold them in. They are also used for sexual stimulation.
Vaginal cones/weights: Vaginal cones are often prescribed by a doctor and come in different weights. The cones are inserted like a tampon. Then you stand up and squeeze your pelvic floor muscles to hold the weight in place for at least 3-4 minutes. Depending on how it goes you can try squatting or sitting.
And last but not least, during sex you tighten your muscles around your partner and release when he pulls out. As the pace increases, just clench and unclench at intervals.
With time you will notice that your walls get tighter and strengthen and he’ll enjoy the sensation too.