E.O Wilson, an influential biologist, said it eloquently…
“We are drowning in information while starving for wisdom.”
Every day, we are overwhelmed with a vast number of resources on the internet, and the distinction between facts and fake news (sometimes dressed as sarcasm) has become blurry.
The world of medicine isn’t exempt from this. Although fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices, and other natural ingredients are healthy for your body, when it comes to treating your vagina with them — we might need to draw the line.
You might have been wondering how to tighten your vagina naturally? Assuming this is safer and better than surgery. It is, but not when directly applied to your vagina, which is the most delicate part of your body.
Even when there are cheaper, easier, and more accessible options, you wouldn’t want to risk the health of your intimate parts, especially your vagina on unfounded home remedies.
In this blog, we look deeper into a list of well-known home remedy “myths” that some women claim and pass on to their friends and family. We will clarify whether each “myth” is safe or not based on research and the advice of health experts.
What causes a loose or saggy vagina?
One thing’s for sure, it’s not due to frequent sex or a lack thereof.
The term “loose” vagina has been used to shame women from having multiple sexual partners or from having a lot of sex in general.
So, if you were told that too much sex makes your vagina “loose”, we must inform you that you were lied to. The truth is that sex has no effect on the size or strength of your vaginal opening.
It’s natural for your vagina to stretch when aroused — what’s not natural is painful sex. A tight vagina during intercourse could actually mean that you’re anxious or not turned on, so while your partner prefers the “tightness” this could be hurting you.
The right medical term for loose / saggy vagina is “vaginal laxity” and it is caused by childbirth, ageing, and certain medical conditions. However, by creating a reflexive pelvic floor you can get your vagina back in good shape.
Here are some other factors that can influence vaginal laxity:
• Previous pelvic trauma
• Regular intense exercise
• Frequent lifting of heavy items
Top 10 Homes Remedies ‘Believed’ To Tighten The Vagina
Vaginal “looseness” is more than just a cosmetic issue. Although some women want to keep their vagina extra “tight” to please their partners, others have a really unsatisfied sex life because their vaginal walls are less sensitive to sexual penetrations or are experiencing pain because of it.
But no matter how tempted you are to try a cheap and quick way to tighten your vagina, please don’t do it.
Some ‘natural remedies’ can be misleading! Even though fruits, vegetables, and spices are natural ingredients and safe to eat, that doesn’t mean they can be effective for your vagina. And it’s possible they might even cause infections that were not there in the first place.
1. Lemon Juice
If you’re wondering how to tighten your vagina with lemon juice the right way, stop right there — it’s not worth the risk. In fact, douching in general (cleansing your vagina with any type of fluid) is not a good idea.
Despite lemon’s numerous health benefits when taken orally, lemon juice can cause pain, irritation, and inflammation when directly applied to the vagina, vulva, and labia. It causes imbalances in your vagina’s healthy pH levels, which can cause urinary incontinence (peeing involuntarily) because of its acidic nature, and it does not prevent sexually transmitted diseases, as some people believe.
2. Aloe vera
Aloe Vera gel is known for its lubricating properties among other health benefits, but there are no researches that have proven its effectiveness to tighten the vagina.
This lack of data for a popular home remedy is one of the reasons why you must think twice and consult your trusted OB-GYN first before applying aloe vera (or anything) on your vagina, especially if it’s mixed with other ingredients.
3. Epsom Salt
Also called “bath salt”, magnesium sulfate or epsom salt is known to relieve different ailments including swelling, muscle aches, sprains, and bruises.
But does epsom salt tighten your vag? Truth is, there is no evidence to prove the health benefits of epsom salt especially when it comes to vaginal tightening. In fact, a study revealed that transdermal application (through the skin) of magnesium sulfate is not scientifically proven to be effective at all.
Cinnamon is a common spice used for baking and cooking. Based on different studies, it also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-cancer, and antimicrobial properties.
But cinnamon along with milk as a “hack” to boost libido is a completely different story. Neither does it make your vagina tighter nor will help you last longer in bed. In reality, taking too much cinnamon can cause an allergic reaction, breathing problems, and drug interaction.
Also known as the “Golden Spice” or “Indian Saffron”, turmeric is famous for its numerous health benefits that has been widely studied and proven for years.
However, until now, no research can confirm that turmeric (regardless of its method of application) can tighten the vagina.
Washing your vagina with a feminine wash is unnecessary — let alone using a clove-based wash. Although researchers found that cloves are good for mouthrinse, there’s no evidence that it’s going to tighten your vagina.
Disclaimers on social media casually dismiss the fact that it can cause harm to your vagina by saying, “discontinue use if it burns” as if it’s no big deal. Your chances of getting infections, severe inflammation, candidiasis, pelvic inflammatory disease, and urinary tract infection (UTI) are way higher than getting a tight vagina when using cloves for bathing or douching.
The trend of washing your vagina with vinegar is dangerous. And vinegar doesn’t clean menstrual residue on the cervix either — your vagina cleans itself and a “clean cervix” has no relation to a “loose” vagina.
Vinegar is very acidic regardless if it’s diluted or milder like an apple cider vinegar and can cause an imbalance in your vagina’s pH (when used as a feminine wash).
8. Herbs & Spices
Gooseberries, witch hazel, black cohosh, asparagus, and garlic are all beneficial to our health and are best consumed orally through food or beverages. They can also be used in essential oils or vaginal steaming. However, they should never be applied directly to your vagina because they have no relevance to the tightness of your vagina.
There is no scientific proof that these herbs are good or safe as vaginal cleansers and those who swear by it are probably enjoying temporary “firmness” but long-term side effects could be possible.
9. Wasps nest
Oak galls are tree deformities caused by wasp nests. So even when grounded, the thought that it has been a home of wasps doesn’t sit right. Sellers entice their customers by ‘claiming’ that it can tighten the vagina, cure UTI, and get rid of vaginal odor without providing substantial evidence.
In fact, cleaning your vagina with oak galls can make you more vulnerable to HIV, cause painful sex, and decrease your vagina’s healthy bacteria.
10. Hot shower
Although a hot shower feels good and helps relieve muscle tension before sleeping, there is no evidence that it can tighten the vagina. Same is true with hot baths. If you use boiling hot water in your vagina, you risk getting a burn on your most sacred body part. And that won’t be pretty at all!
Surgery sounds like an easy fix, but it does not guarantee a healthy vagina.
Other than life-threatening conditions or extreme discomfort, surgery should be your last resort. Why? Because you could be spending thousands of dollars on vaginal rejuvenation treatments when the real cause of a “loose” or “saggy” vagina is actually a weak, and tense pelvic floor!
What about topicals: do vaginal tightening creams work?
Contrary to their marketing claims, vaginal tightening creams either dry out your mucosa which is responsible for producing natural lubrication, or causes swelling which can be misinterpreted as “tightening.” Although, without enough lubrication, your vagina will eventually hurt and may even result in tearing, making it more prone to infections and irritations.
If you’ve already been persuaded to use vaginal tightening creams, the best course of action is to discontinue use and consult a physician, especially if you’re already experiencing discomfort.
Do Kegels help tightening your vagina?
Kegels can do more harm than good when used inappropriately and excessively, especially if you already have tight pelvic floor muscles.
Instead of Kegels, there are safer alternatives to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles such as:
Why do people recommend these ‘home remedies’ for vagina tightening despite the risks of possible side effects?
There are several possible reasons why women try or continue using home remedies despite the lack of scientific proof:
1. A misconception that it’s safe because it is advertised by celebrities and influencers publicly.
2. It’s cheap and more accessible than vaginal rejuvenation using laser treatment and surgeries.
3. Their peers have been using it and declared it has worked for them.
4. Misinformation from seemingly reliable sources.
5. Belief that it wouldn’t hurt to try because it’s “all natural”.
6. Today’s stigma and expectations of how women should look, can also take a toll on us. And we may get pressure from our partners to have a tighter vagina, which also takes its toll.
But if you want to keep your vagina in good shape and healthy for yourself first, then there’s great! But please DO NOT risk your health for a false hope that this quick solution ‘might tighten’ your vagina. Leave that to experts with vast knowledge and extensive experience in determining safe and effective treatments.
You have to understand that taking care of your vagina is part of the whole picture. Just like man, no organ is an island. Because every part of your body is linked to one another, so it’s essential to find the root cause before pursuing a course of action.
This means finding out what caused your vagina to lose its elasticity. Is it because of childbirth? Ageing? A medical condition? A previous surgery or pelvic trauma? Or from the misconception of having too much sex?
Not to worry though because there are natural, safe, and effective practices — lots of them in act — that can keep your vagina in top condition:
• Myofascial massage – applies pressure on targeted areas of the fascia that surround your muscles and bones so you can move more freely.
• Hypopressives – a series of breathing and postural exercises to improve your overall pelvic floor health.
• Yoni steaming – involves sitting over warm herbal-infused water to relax your pelvic floor muscles.
• Block Therapy – a combination of blockwork and diaphragmatic breath that focuses on the fascia, which will help strengthen your pelvic floor for good vagina health.
• Clean Eating – this will support your body’s nutritional needs which in turn decreases unnecessary stress and imbalances.
• Visualization and Affirmations – works by seeing and affirming your desired outcome, such as optimal health or a good sex life.
Vagina Tightness and Your Sex Life
Sex is a two-way street. And though a “tight” vagina could increase sexual sensations, surely, it is not the only way to enjoy an intimate time with your partner.
Here are other ways that might help improve your sex life:
• Educate – your partner needs to know what causes a “loose” vagina as much as you do.
• Try something new – explore sexting, foreplay, or new positions to spice things up.
• Communicate – sex is better when you can fully trust and be vulnerable with your partner; and
• Love yourself – being confident in your own skin makes a huge difference and is a turn on to your partner.
A “loose” vagina is neither a sign of infidelity nor something you should be worried about unless it’s causing pain or discomfort. There’s no need to fix something that’s not broken.
What matters most is how you feel about yourself and to be sure your vagina is healthy and properly taken care of as it’s a sacred part of you.
Don’t settle for cheap yet unproven home remedies!
Your vagina is an amazing and divine part of your body that works hard, so keeping it healthy is a lifelong commitment.
We understand that in many countries and cultures, women’s reproductive health is still a taboo subject. This is why it’s important to find the right community for you, one where you’ll be heard, accepted and guided.