Ageing doesn’t just affect the skin on your face.
It also affects the punani.
Tania Adib, a UK Consultant Gynaecologist told UK publication Mirror that Pre-menopause, the vagina should be pink and moist.
She said that but when oestrogen decreases during the menopause, the skin becomes paler and the vagina may become less plump.
Tanya added that ageing also causes the elastic quality of the vagina to become less efficient.
As the muscles in the vagina weaken, some women may experience a prolapse (the dropping of the uterus, bladder, or rectum into the vagina).
“If you’re concerned about your vagina feeling looser or you think you have a prolapse, speak to your GP.
“They can suggest pelvic floor exercises to help improve vaginal tone, or recommend treatments for a prolapse such as a supportive pessary or surgery,” she said.
One of the most noticeable changes after the menopause may be vaginal dryness.
This can cause soreness during intimacy, and can even make daily tasks like walking painful.
Thankfully, there are many ways to improve the symptoms such as using an over-the-counter oestrogen cream, and you should also take care to treat a dry vagina more gently.
“It’s important to be delicate when washing as this can be a cause of aggravation,” explains Tania.
“One of the key pieces of advice is to not use any perfumes or scented soaps on and around the vagina when washing, as they can be very irritating.’
Wash your intimate area with plain water or an unperfumed, specialist wash from the pharmacy.
She said that 80% of British women are unaware that washing too much and using scented products can upset the vagina’s natural bacteria balance and cause infections to occur.