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Yes! And the method for doing so—”physical therapy for your vagina,” says Louann Brizendine, MD—isn’t that different from training your abs or biceps. You’re working muscles to make them taut, in this case the muscles of your pelvic floor, including your vagina. “There are clinics in France for this express purpose—what they call a reeducation perineale,” says Brizendine. “And they work—they tighten vaginal muscles to narrow a vaginal canal that feels wider [and less sensitive] due to age or childbirth.” As we get older, vaginal and pelvic-floor muscles slacken, and up to 76% of women experience decreased sensation.
If a trip to Paris for this purpose isn’t in the budget, become your own trainer. First, locate the muscles in question by stopping the flow of urine when you pee. Or insert a finger or two into your vagina and squeeze. Got ’em? The muscles being used are the same ones engaged during pelvic floor exercises, or Kegels (Need more clarification? Here’s how to do Kegels in 3 simple steps.). Do 5 to 10 Kegels daily, contracting those muscles 2 to 4 seconds at a time before relaxing. As you get stronger (and tighter), do more reps and hold each one longer.