How Can Your Vagina be too short?

For some women, intercourse is not the enjoyable experience is should be, because of the discomfort they experience with deep penetration. It’s often so uncomfortable that they wonder if their vagina may simply be too short, but can that really be the problem. It can feel like your partner is hitting a wall.

Can your vagina really be too short?
The reality is that some women do experience discomfort during intercourse, and this is often the result of the shrinkage of the vaginal mucosa. The vaginal mucosa is the mucous membrane that lines the vagina, and helps keep it moist and lubricated and elastic under healthy conditions.

However, if there is a decline in the hormone estrogen, it can cause the mucous lining to become thin and inflexible. When this happens, the vaginal mucosa contracts, and the vagina seems shorter and narrower than before. The drop in estrogen levels can occur at all ages. When the ovarian estrogen production goes down for whatever reason the vagina can be affected. The production can go down with lifestyle stress, ambitious exercise, being under/borderline weight, smoking, and on occasion birth control pills. Plus the levels decline with age beginning in the early 20’s. Then there is the obvious cause being approaching menopause or thereafter. Also, the top of the vagina may fuse together after vaginal surgery or radiation therapy, and this can also alter the size of the vagina, and make it shorter (read more).

There are treatment protocols available to stretch the vagina and make it longer. However, in order to get the most effective treatment, it’s advisable to consult with a board certified gynecologist that also has expert knowledge of vulvovaginal conditions. The vagina must be conditioned or rejuvenated with hormonal treatments before vaginal dilators will be very effective. Fowler GYN International (FGI) has just the expertise. FGI is headed by board certified gynecologist Dr. R. Stuart Fowler, who is an expert in vaginal health care. You can reach FGI at, or by calling (480) 420-4001.

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