Do you know what’s really going on down there? Embarrassed to ask your friends, family or even doctor certain questions about your va-jay-jay?
From what it actually is to how to look after it, here are 13 vagina facts every woman needs to know about her vagina.
Prepare to be intrigued!
13 vagina facts you know you want to know!
1. It’s often confused with the vulva
In a 2013 study in the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, 62 per cent of women didn’t even know where their vagina was located. And it’s easy to understand why!
We tend to use the word ‘vagina’ to describe our lady bits but the visible area which includes the inner and outer labia, clitoris, and perineum is called the vulva and the vagina is the narrow canal that goes from the vulva to the cervix which is the lower part of the uterus.
2. It gets wrinkles too
Is nothing safe from ageing??
As we get older and our oestrogen levels drop, the labia may become less plump, fatty pads in the labia (and sometimes the clitoris) shrink and because less collagen is being produced, sagging can occur. But the good news is that it DOESN’T affect your sexual pleasure!
3. It cleans itself
If you’ve ever wondered what the point of discharge is, it’s actually the stuff our vaginas use to clean themselves. They are also home to lots of healthy bacteria which keep microorganisms and infections at bay, clever!
When it comes to vaginal mucus – what’s normal and what’s not? Find out here.
4. Keep the perfumes and deodorants away from it
If you’re thinking of trying out some fancy perfumes, creams or deodorants down there, don’t! Because it’s self-cleaning, douching with these types of products irritates the vagina and washes away the beneficial bacteria and yeast.
5. Regular exercise can tone it up
We all know that working out your muscles tones them up, you can check out the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge for over 350 exercises ranging from Dance Fit to Core Strengthening!
But if you don’t work your vagina enough, the walls can become fragile. Sex isn’t the only way to get a workout, doing Kegel exercises is a great way to strengthen your pelvic floor, especially after you’ve given birth.
6. Thrush is super common
It’s a pain, but you’re not alone. Thrush is not a sexually transmitted infection as some believe, but an overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans that is particularly common with women taking oral contraceptives and pregnant women. According to Better Health, 75 per cent of women will experience vaginal thrush at some point in their lifetime and outbreaks do not cause any long-term health issues.
You can avoid thrush by wiping front to back when you go to the toilet, avoiding perfumed products and choosing cotton underwear rather than synthetic, granny undies are the way to go!
7. It grows when you’re aroused
It’s not just men! The average vagina is around 3 to 4 inches long but it can DOUBLE when you’re in the mood for sexy times.
Want some more sexy facts? Here are 10 things you need to know about your clitoris!
8. It TRIPLES in size during birth
Next time someone says “grow some balls,” you should tell them how tough vaginas are! Not only does it double when you’re aroused, but when the baby is due to come out it will dilate and widen around 10 centimetres so the baby’s head will fit.
9. It’s normal to sweat down there
Yes it may look like you’ve had a little accident, but it’s not uncommon. The sweat glands combined with tight underwear and pubic hair, it’s natural for sweating to occur down there.
If you are worried, though, make an appointment with your doctor.
10. Discharge differs depending on where you are in your cycle
Discharge is totally normal. For instance, your discharge is clear and stretchy when you’re ovulating and when it’s the beginning or end of your cycle, it appears thicker and white.
If it’s a green/yellow colour, has a clumpy texture similar to cottage cheese or smells bad, make sure you speak to your doctor.
11. It won’t be EXACTLY the same after giving birth
Many mums ask themselves this question after birthing their baby, and while it can stretch a lot, it can also retract. A lot depends on things like the size of the baby, genetics and other circumstances such as if you did pelvic floor exercises in pregnancy and how many deliveries you’ve had.
With time and by doing your pelvic floor exercises, it should go back to the original. Speak to your doctor if you have any concerns.
12. You can’t lose anything up there
For anyone who has worried about a tampon getting lost, it’s impossible. This is because the vagina is bounded at the inner end by the cervix and its own tissue.
However things can get lodged up there, so if something does get stuck you can either retrieve it yourself or ask your doctor/gynaecologist to get it out. Trust us there’s no need to be embarrassed, you won’t be the first or last person to ask!
13. Orgasms can act as pain relief
Another good reason to get some action! Research has found that the Big O can relieve pain due to the release of the chemical oxytocin.
It’s helped people with arthritic, post-surgery and even childbirth pain! And did you know you can actually have an orgasm while giving birth?!
Interesting stuff! Do you know any other cool vagina facts?
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