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Technically the Genital Hiatus is defined as the distance, front-to-back, between your urethral opening (where our urine comes out) and the back wall of your vagina.
The genital hiatus is a space but it is used to describe the muscles that form the pelvic floor, together with the organs contained within the area such as the urethra, vagina and rectum.
Genital Hiatus Widening = Sagging Pelvic Floor
The average length of the genital hiatus in women before they have a baby is approximately 3 cm (1.5 inches). However as we age, after childbirth, weight gain, smoking and all those other things that happen to us in life, it can increase in size from between 3-5 cm. This represents the 'sag' of muscular tissue of the pelvic floor
Genital Hiatus Size
An Increase in size, or widening of the genital hiatus is basically the sagging of your pelvic floor muscles due to ageing, birth, excess weight, smoking and menopause.
If you find that your genital hiatus size has increased or widened then now is the time to start a regimen of pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
- A wide genital hiatus is improved immensely by performing kegel exercises - Kegel8 could really help!
- Clinical studies show that after just 3 months of pessary use, genital hiatus size decreased significantly. Pessary use results in significant anatomic changes to the genital hiatus in patients with pelvic organ prolapse1.
1 Effect of Pessary Use on Genital Hiatus Measurements in Women With Pelvic Organ Prolapse - Jones, Keisha MD; Yang, Linda MD; Lowder, Jerry L. MD; Meyn, Leslie MS; Ellison, Rennique; Zyczynski, Halina M. MD; Moalli, Pamela MD, PhD; Lee, Ted MD
- How to do Pelvic Floor Exercises for Genital Hiatus
- If your genital hiatus size has increased or widened you could be at risk of prolapse
- See more information about pessary use