Hey Doc!: Vaginal Swelling

Q:

Please sir,what is the cause of swollen vagina during menstruation,ovulation and after sex? Thanks

A:

Okay.

Let me attempt, first, to correct the question so we can give correct answers.

The vagina is not that opening in between a woman’s legs guarded on both sides by some folds of skin. Those are the Labia. There is a a pair of regular skin folds, one on each side called the Labia Majora. Just under the cover of the majora are the Labia Minora. These are made of a softer type of tissue. The “tube” after the minora is what is called the Vagina by doctors. The vagina itself does not swell although it gets more lubrication from increased fluids during intercourse and child birth.
So, I suspect you are referring to the Labia Majora and Minora which together form the Vulva or Vaginal orifice.

Yes, they do swell up under various circumstances as a normal body response. But all of it is based on fluid accumulation inside the labia. This facilitates intercourse, without it, sex is painful. During ovulation and for some, during menstruation as well, fluid builds up in the body and leads to certain parts feeling fuller or looking swollen such as the breasts, the nipples (making them a little painful) and the labial folds. Once the event is past, fluid regresses and everything assumes the usual size and shape.

This process is very normal.

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