Do vaginal tightening pills even work?

I tend to be very skeptical when it comes to magic pills on the Internet, and I'm pretty sure the answer is no, but I want to hear some opinions. Also, maybe people will see your answers and won't get scammed, in case these vaginal tightening pills give no results at all. Can a pill really tighten my vagina?

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Many women ask if tightening pills work, and the short answer is no. Avoid products such as Tight Pills or V-Tight, which are not approved by the FDA, and will not provide long-lasting results. Customer reviews that claim benefits from these treatments are most likely due to the short-term swelling caused by the products. In the long run, they may cause much more harm than good to the very sensitive tissue of the vaginal canal.

There are, however, a wide range of treatments that are FDA approved that can tighten the vaginal walls, increase sexual sensation, promote lubrication and treat incontinence. FemiLift represents a popular laser option that is safe, effective, with minimal downtime--patients usually only need a few days before they can resume sexual activity. Lasers promote collagen production and blood flow in the vagina, creating a greater feeling of tightness. There can be some discharge after treatment, however.

Radiofrequency treatments can also be effective: these use heat rather than light to stimulate the vaginal cells, and have less downtime than laser treatments. Vaginal rejuvenation surgery represents another option: it offers more permanent results, but there is a longer recovery period, and risks related to infection. I recommend finding a surgeon with a good understanding of female sexual function to help you determine the best option for your needs.

Firstly, there is no such thing as a loose vagina. The vagina is elastic, and stretches when required. Vaginas cannot lose their elasticity and become permanently loose. What can happen, however, is that the vagina muscles become slightly more lax as you age or have children, but you can restore strength by practicing kegel exercises, pelvic tilt exercises, or using vaginal weights.

An option you may wish to consider is vaginal laser treatment. Vaginal lasers are very popular for women suffering from mild laxity, with many patients satisfied with their results.

CO2 lasers can enhance lubrication, but may not be as effective in tightening the vaginal walls. Fractional lasers or RF (radiofrequency) devices such as ThermiVa may be more effective in achieving vaginal tightening. I’ve found that ThermiVa can deliver effective results because we are able to customize treatment based on each patient’s vaginal health concerns. The key is to find the right laser treatment for you.

Laser treatments have recently provoked cautionary language from the FDA due to reports of laser scarring and other side effects. Because radiofrequency is non-ablative, there is little risk of side effects occurring.

RF treatments produce excellent results, with tightening both internally and externally. Patients have also reported improvements with vaginal dryness, urinary incontinence and aesthetics.

If you’re thinking about vaginal rejuvenation, I would recommend that you consider devices which are made specifically for this purpose. Avoid natural pills or gels that you can order on Amazon as they don’t work and may actually cause unpleasant side effects.

There is currently significant hype around having a tight vagina. The vagina relaxes at given times (during intercourse or childbirth, for example), but it is highly elastic and will contract again. While it is less than ideal for the vagina to be tight all the time, some women notice permanent mild laxity in the vagina as they age, or after childbirth. This can be a source of concern because of the perception of loss of sexual sensation during intercourse for both the woman and her partner.

A range of products has sprung onto the market to respond to this concern, such as Isosensuals Tight Vaginal Tightening Gel, or Major Curves Vaginal Tightening Pills. These products claim to use a time release formula that slowly deliver beneficial herbal ingredients such as kacip fatimah extract to rejuvenate and tighten the vagina.

Do not be fooled. No gel, cream, lotion or tablet can tighten the pelvic floor muscles. To strengthen muscles in the body, you must exercise them. Engaging the pelvic floor muscles regularly is an excellent way to achieve this: the pelvic floor muscles are those that prevent you from urinating. Practice contracting these muscles for five seconds and then releasing for five seconds.

If you feel that you need more than exercises can offer, find a plastic surgeon with experience in vaginal health. He or she can explain the various non-invasive and surgical rejuvenation methods available to you, and help you select the most appropriate treatment based on your symptoms and goals.

There is currently a lot of interest among women looking to achieve vaginal tightening or rejuvenation. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous companies are seeking to capitalize on this trend, with a surge of vaginal tightening products flooding the market. These products, which include pills and tightening creams, claim to offer natural vaginal tightening with exotic-sounding herbal extracts such as parameriae cortex extract and nigella sativa, and promise permanent results.

There is zero scientific evidence based on clinical studies that these pills will have any long-term effect on the vaginal walls. Women who apply vaginal tightening gels may experience some tingling or warmth, but no change to their pelvic floor muscles which are responsible for the tightness of the vagina.

Try working out your kegel muscles, which engage your pelvic floor, or consider a simple non-invasive cosmetic procedure such as diVa vaginal laser therapy. The treatment uses fractional laser technology to help improve laxity in the vagina, enhance contact during intercourse, improve incontinence and increase orgasms. It only takes between 3-5 minutes when administered by an experienced provider. Some patients may be better candidates for vaginal surgery if their laxity is severe.

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to vaginal tightening, there is no gel, lotion or pill that will do what exercises or surgical treatments can achieve. Unfortunately, as you have pointed out, many people are scammed by products that promise to rejuvenate the vagina, using natural ingredients such as manjakani extract (also known as oak galls). These products have no scientific evidence to support their claims.

The most effective way to achieve vagina tightening is to ensure that the pelvic floor muscles are strong. Kegel exercises can help to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which support the vagina. To engage the pelvic floor muscles, draw in the vagina and rectum while leaving abdomen, thighs and buttocks relaxed. Hold for ten seconds and release.

You may also wish to explore treatments such as FemiLift, an FDA approved CO2 laser which also has a tightening effect on the vagina, or radiofrequency treatments such as ThermiVa. A plastic surgeon who is experienced in female sexual function can perform a pelvic exam and review of your symptoms to determine if you are a better candidate for laser or radiofrequency, or if you would benefit more from vaginal surgery.