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why your vagina may feel too tight
Insider journalist Erin Heger penned this great article about why your vagina may feel too tight, and what to do about it. She reached out to me for my advice, and here is a brief synopsis of the article, along with a link to the full article below.

Heather Jeffcoat, DPT

7 reasons why your vagina may feel too tight, and what you can do about it

Treatment for a vagina that feels tight may include pelvic floor physical therapy, hormone replacement therapy, or estrogen cream.

A vagina that feels tight can make it painful to insert anything from a tampon to a penis. Childbirth, yeast infections, and STIs are common causes of a tight vagina. Other causes include medical conditions like vaginismus, endometriosis, and menopause.

There are many different reasons why your vagina may feel too tight, resulting in pain while inserting a tampon or during sex. In fact, an estimated 75% of women experience pain during intercourse at some point in their lives.

Read more: Insider: 7 Reasons Why Your...

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Photo courtesy of Alexandra Camara showing her belly before and after her endometriosis related bloating. Alexandra Camara/Personal Photo

Endometriosis bloat, also called endo belly, describes the uncomfortable bloating that's associated with endometriosis — an incurable, inflammatory condition that affects one in 10 reproductive-aged individuals worldwide.

"It may not be a true medical term, but those who have endometriosis are all too familiar with the term endo belly, which is painful bloating and swelling of the abdomen," says Sherry Ross, MD, and author of "She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health. Period."

Unlike the typical bloating that an individual may experience during menstruation, endo belly can last a few hours, days, or even weeks which can take a toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health.

Read more: Insider | What is endo...

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I've been living with endometriosis for 14 years — here's what it feels like and how I manage my painful symptoms. Tabitha Britt

** This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. **

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