10 THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT YOUR VAGINA
1. THAT WHICH WE CALL A ROSE, BY ANY OTHER NAME WOULD SMELL AS SWEET
Or, as Shakespeare may have meant, are you referring to your vagina when you actually mean your vulva? The left picture is what most people call a vagina - but this is not the case! The left picture is actually your vulva, a group term for all parts of the genital outside of your body i.e. your clitoris, urethra, inner and outer labia, and you guessed it...your vagina. The right image shows you the actual location of your vagina, a tube which leads all of these external genitals to the cervix of a uterus.
2. A VAGINA HAS MORE NERVE ENDINGS THAN A PENIS
That’s right ladies, not only can women experience multiple orgasms, the clitoris actually has more sensory nerve endings than the penis - a whopping 8,000 nerves in a clitoris versus only 4,000 in a penis. A clitoral orgasm is therefore generally more intense than a male orgasm. Maybe this is our reward for having to bleed each month...
3. YOUR VAGINA DOESN'T GET 'LOOSE' AFTER LOTS OF SEX.
This is definitely a myth created by those who also labelled women promiscuous for enjoying sex. Trust us, you can have as much sex as you want (safe sex, of course) without it affecting the ‘tightness’ of your vagina. A vagina naturally becomes looser when women are sexually aroused, to allow penetration, but after sex everything usually goes back to its normal state.
Similarly, if you’re going through a dry spell, this doesn’t make your vagina smaller. Whilst vaginal muscles may be tense at first after a period of abstinence, penetration should not be painful. Try using KY Jelly if you’re struggling with vaginal dryness, or reach out to your GP if you're experiencing any pain.
4. YOUR VAGINA ISN'T A BLACK HOLE.
Everyone with a vagina has had the fear of losing a tampon up there, but trust us, it’s impossible for anything to get lost with our good friend, the cervix, blocking off access to any internal organs. Side note: if you do lose reach of a tampon, a top tip would be to try fishing it out whilst bearing down in a squatting position. If you still have no luck, visit a doctor who will be able to remove anything easily.
5. HAVING A HYMEN DOES NOT A VIRGIN MAKE.
Often seen as the symbol of virginity, the hymen is a thin fold of mucous membrane around the vaginal opening. Some people are born without a hymen, other people have hymens which cover a large portion of the vagina's opening - each and every body is different. Being such a delicate piece of tissue, hymens can break in a variety of ways such as riding a bike or playing sports - so the existence of a hymen does not correlate with virginity.
6. KEGALS ARE THE WRINKLE CREAM YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED.
We’ve all heard the saying that when it comes to wrinkles, it's all about prevention not cure - this goes for vaginas too! Kegel exercises, especially after childbirth, are a great way to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and offer a great way to help with bladder control as we get older. Why not try out a kegel exercise the next time you're brushing your teeth; simply contract your pelvic floor muscles for ten seconds (similar to how you would go about holding in a wee), rest for ten seconds and repeat.
7. ORGASMS CAN HELP WITH PERIOD PAINS.
Menstrual cramps are a result of your uterus contracting to release its lining. When you have an orgasm, the muscles of your uterus also contract. Then they release. This orgasmic release should bring some relief from period cramps - looks like you’ve now got even more of a reason to pick up the KY Jelly and start exploring your own body!
8. YOU DON'T NEED TO BE AROUSED TO BE 'WET'.
‘My vagina is wet, I must be in the mood right?’ - wrong! Vaginal lubrication can occur for plenty of reasons, for example hormonal changes in your body, the fact vaginas have sweat glands of their own, and there is also a phenomenon called ‘arousal non-concordance’ which defines a vagina becoming lubricated any time it is touched.
On the flip side, if you’re struggling with vaginal dryness we recently wrote a whole article on why this may be here.
9. FROM SMELL TO COLOUR, NO TWO VAGINAS ARE THE SAME.
There are no rules when it comes to vaginas - every vagina is different and every vagina is beautiful! No matter your skin tone, your labia can range from a light pink colour to more deep purple. And when it comes to smell, your personal aroma completely depends on your diet, the fabric you wear, levels of hygiene, and your own personal blend of internal bacteria - interesting right?
10. DON'T BELIEVE THE ORGASMS YOU SEE FROM PORN OR HOLLYWOOD.
Now we’re not saying someone can’t experience intense orgasms, however what we see on screen has set unrealistic standards of what sex should actually look like. Similar to vaginas, an orgasm looks completely different depending on the person - trust us on this one, if you orgasm you don’t HAVE to be rolling your eyes back or arching your back in a way that would give your chiropractor chills. Some orgasms are short and sweet whilst others are more intense and long-lasting - the one thing they should never be is a performance for the other person. Try to live in the moment and enjoy yourself - the big O doesn’t always have to be the end goal for sex or intimacy. And whatever else you do, do not fake it!
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