Ladies, 7 Smart ways to keep your v@gina ‘Young & Fresh’

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Just as your face starts sagging, so your lady parts will
inevitably age over time. One critical difference: There are a million
products to help keep your face looking supple, but your vagina is kind
of left to fend for itself.

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“Gynecologists don’t tell women these things are going to happen,
and then women come in shocked that their vagina and vulva have
completely changed over the course of a couple years,” says Karen Boyle,
M.D., an expert in female $exual health and vaginal rejuvenation.
Beginning as early as your 20s, you may lose fat in your outer labia and
mons pubis (the mound of fatty tissue above your lips). “Those areas
can start to sag—it’s volume loss, just like you’d have in your BR*ASTS
or face as you age,” says Boyle. That’s often followed by changesinside
your vagina (hello, stretching!), and as you approach menopause, the
lining of your vagina starts to thin, blood flow decreases, and your
pelvic floor muscles weaken, says cosmetic gynecologist Marco Pelosi,
III, M.D. And a sagging hoo-ha can be a confidence killer in the
bedroom.

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A recent study in Psychology of Women Quarterly found that women
who were dissatisfied with the appearance of their genitals had lower
$exual self-esteem and satisfaction. “Not only do things look different,
but things feel different,” says Boyle. That may explain why vaginal
rejuvenation is becoming increasingly popular—the number of procedures
performed in the U.S. jumped 64 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to
the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. But you don’t have
to seek plastic surgery to keep your lady parts looking and feeling
young. Instead, try these simple strategies.
1. Avoid the Yo-Yo
If you gain and lose, you can expect your vulva to flop. “The more
swings in the size of an area, the more stretching,” says Pelosi.
Equally important is maintaining a healthy weight. If you’re super
skinny, your private parts can start to look as gaunt as your face as
soon as aging sets in. “We see women who are 35 years old, but look much
older because they have no fat in their face,” says Boyle. “Similarly,
the labia majora can take on a saggy appearance—and once you lose that
fat, you’re not going to gain it back.”
2. Kick up Your Kegels
You’ve probably read about the merits of Kegels a million times:
tighter vagina! Better $ex!—but there’s a good chance you’re still doing
them wrong. “Women don’t do enough of them, and they don’t hold them
for long enough,” says Pelosi. The routine he suggests: Contract your
pelvic floor muscle five seconds, relax, and repeat 100 times, three
times a day. Sound daunting? You can make Kegels fun by squeezing a few
reps in during $ex. You can imagine pinching your partner’s pen*s with
those muscles, which helps you target the right spot (and gives your guy
an extra, pleasurable sensation), Boyle says.
3. Ditch Your Office Chair
For a little extra workout—for your vaginal muscles, that is—trade
your desk chair for a Swiss ball for 15 minutes a day. This forces the
muscles of your pelvic floor to contract, without doing a single
squeeze, says Pelosi. “It feels like nothing is happening, but it’s a
very efficient way to keep the pelvic floor toned,” he says.
4. Stay $exually Active
The whole “use or lose it” idea applies to your vag, ladies. “If
you’re not getting stimulation and increased blood flow to that area,
the tissue and muscle can change,” says Boyle. Blood flow is critical
for lubrication (and orgasm)—which you naturally start to lose as you
age. Plus, if you and your guy aren’t worried about pregnancy, his semen
may have an anti-aging effect, thanks to the hormones, fatty acids, and
anti-inflammatory compounds, say Spanish scientists.

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5. Re-Think Long Bike Rides
Training for a triathlon? Know this: The constant friction of
crotch-to-seat contact can pull and stretch your labia, especially if
you have naturally pronounced outer lips, says Christine Hamori, M.D.,
director of Cosmetic Surgery + Skin Spa in Duxbury, Ma$$achusetts.
6. Stick to Mild Cleansers
Scrubbing the living daylights out of your labia is not only
unnecessary—a gentle cleansing will do, really!—but harsh soaps can
leave you dry and irritated below the belt. “The labial tissue is so
sensitive,” says Boyle. “You see women with very dry facial skin because
they overuse products that suck water out of the cells. That can happen
down there too.”
7. Switch Things up in the Sack
Take the reins and climb on top: “Being on bottom can sometimes
cause stretching,” says Boyle. Why? Because your partner—not you—is
usually controlling the pace and intensity of the thrusting, which means
he may accidentally push past what’s physically comfortable for you. By
contrast, when you’re on top, you’re in control—and “it’s much easier
to contract those muscles when you’re on top,” says Boyle.

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