The body changes a lot during the gestation period, and you know that even the vagina changes during pregnancy, right? It is possible to notice external and internal changes , such as texture, color, appearance and many other characteristics compared to the period before pregnancy. Throughout life, the vagina changes, as does the rest of the body; however, the time when most changes occur is during pregnancy.
Changes in the Vagina
We must know that the sexual organ reacts to any hormonal stimulation during the cycle. In the non-fertile period, the woman is drier and with the vulva without swelling. In the fertile period, the vagina and vulva are more swollen, and also more humid. In the post-fertile period, it becomes dry again, however, it may become swollen due to blood circulation. If the vagina remains swollen after the menstrual delay, it can be a strong indication that there is sufficient hormonal stimulation for an ongoing pregnancy .
Staining of the Vagina
If you are already pregnant, the changes can happen even before the woman suspects you are pregnant. The vagina is a place where there are many nerve endings and blood vessels . They can provide differentiated sensations in the beginning of the pregnancy and, even, in more advanced stages. As changes in the vagina are not a sufficient parameter to certify a pregnancy, it is necessary to use pregnancy tests to be 100% sure of the result. If you want to be more sure about confirming a possible pregnancy, the tests are essential and easy to use. You can purchase your Famivita pregnancy test here on our online store .
As for the color of the vagina, it may become darker due to the increase in melanin in this region. Just like the vagina, the armpits and also the vertical line that divides the abdomen will be more marked. This is the so-called black or white line , as it is also called.
Swelling in the Vagina
The swollen vagina in pregnancy, on the other hand, is a common and normal alteration , but it can become uncomfortable for some women, especially if accompanied by the sensation of a hot vagina. Some with naturally swollen lips are even bigger. However, the swelling should not be accompanied by itching , whitish discharge in large quantities, burning or brown discharge.
Speaking of secretion, the vagina in pregnancy is flooded with hormones that will produce a much greater amount of hormonal secretion. Do you know the one that looks like a moisturizer? It is the main mucus, however, another one can appear. It is similar to that of the fertile period, but rest assured that it is perfectly normal for an “egg white” mucus to appear at one time or another. If there is blood in this discharge, a very dark brown or yellow color, talk to your obstetrician.
If it is tempting and you are noticing an uncomfortable vaginal dryness during intercourse, you can opt for lubricating gels and ointments that play the role of female mucus, increasing the pleasure and also making it easier for the sperm to reach the egg, increasing their survival. Famivita developed FamiGel , the fertility-friendly lubricating gel that faithfully mimics mucus. You can purchase it here in our online store .
What is the texture of the vagina in pregnancy?
The texture of the vagina changes a lot from woman to woman. Some have the inside of the vagina looking full of pellets and this is normal. Others have smoother , lighter or darker, pink, purplish or reddish walls . All of this is physiological and the organism varies greatly from one to the other.
It is important to be alert when trying to check the texture of the vagina during pregnancy . Touching can cause some problems, for example, causing the cervix to open. This event could provide abortion . Therefore, analyzing the cervix is not indicated, unless it is done by the doctor in the office.
How to Analyze Vaginal Texture
The most recommended thing to do to recognize the “terrain” in pregnancy, is the use of mirrors . The squatting position is the best way to really see how the vagina looks outside and part of it inside. However, avoid introducing your fingers and also any sharp object so that the region is not hurt.
Sebaceous Polka Dots
Some problems can happen in the vagina during pregnancy, for example, the sebaceous pellets. They are like naboth and bartholin cysts , which occur due to the oil secretion from the region becoming trapped in a hair follicle. If you shave with a razor or wax, it is possible that they will happen, but with a purulent secretion together, looking like a pimple. These pellets can cause some pain in the region. Therefore, we must remember that any abnormal changes in the vagina during pregnancy, should be reported to the obstetrician immediately!
How to Care for the Vagina
Intimate hygiene is important not only during pregnancy, but outside it as well. You can wash the vagina with soap suitable for this purpose. Intimate soap or glycerin soap are great options. It is also recommended not to wash the area with very hot water. Try to do intimate hygiene at least 2 times a day : once in the bath with a suitable soap and again only with water. Washing the vagina too much can unbalance the pH and make room for microorganisms to grow.
Wearing wider panties is also a great choice. Avoid using daily pads and, whenever possible, dispense the panties to air the vagina.
In short: we can say that, at the beginning of pregnancy, the most consistent change is swelling and an increase in libido. If there is more lubrication, it could also be a sign that a baby is coming! Hope this helps!
Questions from Readers:
Does the internal texture of the vagina change in pregnancy?
Yes, the internal vaginal texture can change in appearance, texture and color during the gestational phase and can vary from woman to woman.
Does the vagina get tighter in pregnancy?
Some women report that they feel more “tight” during pregnancy, and this is caused by hormonal variations that cause vaginal changes in their texture. It is not a fact that occurred by all, but it is considered normal.
Can changes in the vagina indicate pregnancy?
Of course, there are some vaginal changes in the gestational phase, but nothing “glaring” that can indicate and point to a pregnancy. We advise you not to take changes noted in the genitalia as a parameter, but to confirm them through pregnancy tests or blood tests.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.