8 Things That Happen To Your Vagina After Having Sex

If you have penetrative sex (you know, sex with a penis and vagina) quite often, then you’ve probably noticed that, uh, stuff happens with your vagina afterwards. It’s usually nothing serious enough to make you book a gynecologist appointment, but sometimes it can be just weird enough to make you wonder if everything is okay. Listen – whatever’s happening down there, as long as it doesn’t include very bad pain, is probably normal. Sex affects your vagina, obviously, and so it makes sense that you might ~feel things~ or notice something being a little off.

I’m not talking about the stuff that could happen after sex, like urinary tract infections, STDs, or unplanned pregnancies. I’m talking about the stuff that most women probably experience after hooking up with someone. We’ve all had that moment where we turn to Google in a panic, hoping to find someone who can relate to what we’re going through. Find out here if your vag “problems” are normal or something to be a little bit worried about. Here are a few things that happen to your vagina after sex. 


It Gets Swollen

If you've ever finished up having sex, then noticed that your vag feels a little puffy, you're not alone - this is a super common reaction to having something inserted inside of you. But it's also a reaction to being turned on. When you're aroused, your vagina swells up with blood, sort of like how a penis has an erection. This puffiness should go down on its own shortly after having sex, but it can stick around for a little while.

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One Side Gets Bigger Than The Other

There's normal puffiness, and then there's swelling that can't be ignored - and the latter can be alarming. You might notice that your vaginal lips are enlarged, or that one is significantly larger than the other one. You might be able to feel the difference in size when you're sitting or moving around, and it might take hours before things look normal again. Don't freak! This is more normal when you think, and usually happens if you weren't lubricated enough, having rough sex, or you're experiencing some sort of reaction to something. You can soothe the area with an ice pack (not directly on your vag) and relax until it goes down.

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It Burns When You Pee

When you go for your after-sex pee (which you should always be doing), you might notice a slight burning feeling - like your urine is hot and it feels painful for it to come out. This can be kind of scary, since we're taught to associate a burning sensation when peeing with infections. But it's probably fine. Sometimes women can get tiny cuts inside down there from rough pubic hair or a certain position, which can lead to that burning feeling. Sometimes it might be extra sore down there from friction if there wasn't enough lubrication. It should only burn for a little while, and then disappear. If it's still happening hours later, make sure you don't have any other symptoms.

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It Looks Like A Different Color

When you're aroused or having sex, your vagina might appear darker in color, which is totally normal. Right after having sex, you might notice that your vag is still that darker cooler - that's normal too. It should fade back to normal as your body cools down.

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There Are A Lot Of Fluids

Sex requires lubrication, and the natural kind is the best kind. You'll find that your down there area gets pretty wet during sex - this is from being aroused, and sometimes the fluid can be some form of female ejaculation. This is all there during sex, but it doesn't dry up the second you're done. You'll usually find that you're pretty wet down there for a little while afterwards - it's likely a mix of ejaculation, natural fluids, and maybe some sweat.

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It Feels Itchy

Itchiness down there is another symptom we're used to associating with an infection, so feeling itchy after sex can be worrying. Actually, it's pretty normal. Irritation from friction and even condoms can leave you feeling a bit itchier than usual for a little while. If it doesn't go away and you notice other symptoms, then you might need to call a gyno.

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It Just Kind Of Hurts

Sex can be tiring! You might find that your down there area feels sore and achey after having sex, and that's really normal. That's especially true if you tried a new position, went a little harder than normal, or did it for the first time in a while. The pan should subside after a little while.

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It Goes Right Back To The Size It Was Before

There are a lot of rumors out there that a woman's vagina stretches after lots of sex. If that were true, then it would also be true that your vag gets bigger after each sex session. This is not true. Your vagina expands during sex as a natural way to let things happen. It goes right back to the same size it was before as arousal dies down and your body cools off. Promise.

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Which one of these symptoms have you experienced? What does it feel like for you after sex? Share in the comments!

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