Although intercourse is supposed to be pleasurable, there are some women that experience discomfort, particularly if there is deep penetration. This causes them to wonder if their vagina is too short, but if that’s really the problem, what are the symptoms of a short vagina.

Can the vagina really be too short?
There are times when the vagina does shrink somewhat, and this is linked to diminished estrogen levels. Estrogen is a hormone that keeps the mucous lining of the vagina (vaginal mucosa), strong, thick and elastic. However, lower estrogen levels can cause the vaginal mucosa to contract, and become less flexible. The top of the vagina can also fuse together after surgery, as a result of the formation of scar tissue, and this can also make the vagina seem ‘shorter.’ These developments can all make intercourse uncomfortable.

What are the symptoms of a short vagina?
Sharp pain with intercourse on deep penetration is the common inciting factor of a short vagina. Soreness and aching in the pelvis thereafter occur due to the stretching of the utero-sacral ligaments. These are all signs that the vagina may have contracted due to hormonal changes. While this would be thought to be commonly encountered in the peri-menopause, it commonly occurs in younger women who have vulvodynia as well.

Treatment
There are treatment options available to restore the vagina to its normal length. However, a precise diagnosis must first be made, to determine the exact cause of the problem of the vaginal estrogen deficiency and any other factors. Once this has been done, the physician can recommend a customized treatment protocol to restore optimal vaginal health. This in conjunction with mechanical dilatation using vaginal dilators is often necessary. An expert in the field is Dr. R. Stuart Fowler in Phoenix Arizona at Fowler Gyn International. You can reach them at www.fowlergyninternational.com, or by calling (480) 420-4001.