Q1: What is the effect of (tight-laced) corsetting on sexual organs (uterus, vagina ) in both short and long terms?

A1: The mechanical effect of increased IAP (intra abdominal pressure) at the 3-5" waist reduction level is not likely to have much effect on the reproductive organs. I must caution, however, that without prior training, a 5" reduction is significant and is likely to result in uncomfortable pressure in the abdomen, whereas long-term lacing, due to gradual adaptation, will not have this side effect.

Women with weakened pelvic floors from lack of exercise, combined with multiple deliveries, pelvic-floor-strengthening exercises are strongly encouraged before commencing with tightlacing, the risk being an added burden on the weakened pelvic floor. With proper exercise this should not be an issue.

Q2: Do the women experience something special/specific regarding their genitals, wearing  corsets?  Would this be something (entirely) subjective?

A2: There is confirmation of the engorging of the genitals as a result of tightlacing, but, over time, adaptation will take place and the excitation will become less. Overall, however, corseted women claim heightened sensitivity and satisfaction from sexual activity while tightlaced.

Q3:  Is there any effect(s) on the periodical activity of the uterus (menses)?  Can fertility be affected ? --First three from Camilalexu  (3/21/02)

A3: I have not seen modern reports on this, but 19th century data indicates that extreme tightlacers experienced disruption or suspension of menstrual activity. However, in my opinion, this pattern also exists in anorexic girls. The extreme forms of tightlacing may have induced this effect due to excessive compression of the digestive system, hindering food intake and consequently producing anorexic symptoms. The body will operate in a conservation mode, which includes suspension of menstrual activity. Since menstruation is a hormonal triggered process, the mechanical pressure from tightlacing is not likely to be the direct cause; the lack of food consumption is.

In general most of the pressure from corseting is concentrated in the waist region, not in the lower abdomen. Hence the actual pressure on the reproductive organs tends to be moderate.

Lastly, when tighlacing was common, fertility did not appear to be affected. Miscarriages however did apparently occur, as many women continued to tightlace throughout the pregnancy, sometimes
to conceal their condition. The conventional pregnancy corsets provided expansion panels to accommodate the growing uterus and did not appear to induce these difficulties.

Q4:  I've noticed tightlacing seems to move my uterus down (cervix is lower).   Will this cause problems for sex?

A4:  The internal movement as a result of increased IAP (intra abdominal pressure) is no different than from squatting during weight lifting. As a general rule I would recommend the so called "Kegel" pelvic floor exercises to balance your abdominal muscle strength with a strong pelvic floor. This will prevent these issues. Note that in the 19th century exercise was not well understood and in general corseted women did not exercise, and repeated pregnancies combined with excessive tightlacing would stress the pelvic floor and create issues. Note that you can practice these exercises at any time
during the day, and I would suggest to form a habit do so whenever you sit or stand still anywhere.


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