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20 Vagina Facts You’ll Want to Tell All Your Friends
November 25, 2021
There’s nothing as powerful as knowledge especially when it has to do with vaginas. There’s a lot of misinformation out there so much that we hear about vaginas growing up, they shouldn’t smell, they get stretched out, isn’t only inaccurate, but it can also make us feel all sorts of unnecessary shame and stress.
So we put together a pack of totally true facts about vaginas and vulvas to help you sail the morass of lies and appreciate your body in all its glory.
1. Your vulva is not your vagina, but we know what you mean
The vagina is a long muscular 3 to 6 inches canal that runs from the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus, to the outside of the body. The vulva represents all the outer stuff which include the labia, urethra, clitoris, and vaginal opening.
It is important that your know the difference because it might be helpful or even necessary to differentiate between the two. For example, when fooling around with a partner.
2. Most people can’t orgasm from vaginal penetration alone
An estimate of over 18 percent of vagina owners say they can reach sexual climax from penetration alone. The remaining 80 percent attribute their orgasmic ingredient to the clitoris.
It is possible to experience both vaginal and clitoral orgasm at the same time, this is also called a “blended orgasm,” which may sound rare but it’s wholly feasible. There are also plenty of perfectly healthy bodies that rarely or never get all the way to orgasm.
3. Not all people with vaginas are women
Genitalia is not an indicator of gender and it can be dangerous to assume so.
There are many people who have a vagina who aren’t women. They may identify as a man or nonbinary.
4. Vaginas do tear during childbirth, but this is normal
About 79% of vaginal deliveries include tearing or require an incision. These “injuries” can be minor tears or a longer cut (called an episiotomy) made intentionally by a healthcare provider when, for example, the baby is positioned feet-first or the delivery needs to happen faster.
Scary? Yes. Insurmountable? Not by a long shot.
Your vagina is resilient and, due to rich blood supply, actually heals quicker than other parts of the body.
5. If you have a ‘G-spot,’ it’s likely because of your clitoris
If you love having the front wall of your vagina touched or stimulated, your clitoris’s internal network is probably to thank.
6. The clitoris is like the tip of an iceberg
According to history, the clitoris was believed to be a pea-sized collection of nerve endings hidden under a fold of skin called the clitoral hood that, as many a bad joke goes, men had a very hard time finding.
Now we know the clitoris is an broad network of nerve endings, the colossal majority of which exist beneath the surface. Reaching 10 centimeters tip to tip, it’s shaped like a four-pronged wishbone. It looks very hard to miss.
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7. The ‘A-spot’: Possible pleasure center?
The anterior fornix, or the “A-spot,” is a little alcove that sits way back on the belly side of the cervix, a good distance deeper in the vagina than the G-spot.
According to a 1997 study, stimulating your A-spot is an easy way to create more lubrication in the vagina. Not only that, 15 percent of participants in the study reached orgasm from 10 to 15 minutes of A-spot stimulation.
8. Cherries don’t pop. And can we please stop calling them cherries?
Most people with vaginas are born with a hymen, a thin piece of skin that stretches across part of the vaginal opening.
Despite what you may have heard, at no point in your life will this piece of skin ‘pop.’ It’s not a piece of bubble gum, after all.
Hymens often tear before a person ever has penetrative sex, during some unsexy activity like riding a bike or putting in a tampon. But it’s also common for the hymen to tear during sex, in which case a bit of blood is to be expected.
9. The clitoris has twice as many nerve endings as the penis
The famously sensitive penis has around 4,000 nerve endings. The famously “hard-to-find” clitoris has 8,000. This is the more reason why it is important to give your clitoris the attention it deserves.
10. Vaginas are supposed to have a smell
Most people believe that the vagina should not have a smell but this is not true. The vagina contains a highly specialized army of bacteria that work ‘round the clock to keep your vaginal pH healthy and balanced. And like other bacteria, these do have a smell.
So that little smell to perceive from ”vag” is completely normal and shouldn’t be covered up with perfume or scented cream. However, to if you noticed an odd smell, it is necessary you see your doctor.
11. The vagina is self-cleaning.
The aforesaid army of specialized bacteria exist for the sole purpose of keeping your vaginal pH at an optimal level to fend off other hostile bacteria.
It’s totally normal to see discharge, which may be thin or thick, clear or whitish in your undies at the end of the day. This is the result of your vagina’s cleaning efforts.
Cleaning techniques like douching are a bad idea because they can throw off this natural balance, leading to problems like bacterial vaginosis and infection.
12. You can get ‘wet’ without being sexually aroused
Vagina can be wet not necessarily when a person wants to have sex.
Hormones trigger cervical mucus to be excreted daily. The vulva has a high concentration of sweat glands. Also, vaginas can automatically produce lubrication when they’re touched, regardless of arousal.
Remember this: Vaginal wetness should never be considered a signal of consent. Consent has to be verbalized. QED.
13. Vaginas get deeper when we’re turned on
The vagina opens its doors when ever sex is on the mind.
The normal dimension of the vagina is between 3 to 6 inches long, and 1 to 2.5 inches wide. After arousal, the upper portion of the vagina elongates, pushing the cervix and uterus slightly deeper into your body to make room for penetration.
14. And they also change colour
When you’re horny, blood rushes to your vulva and vagina. This can make the color of your skin in that area appear darker. Don’t worry though, it’ll go back to its normal shade after sexy time is over.
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15. Most orgasms aren’t earth-shattering and that’s ok
The media’s overly theatrical portrayal of what it looks like to have an orgasm has created an unrealistic standard for what an orgasm should be.
Many orgasms are short and sweet, while others feel more powerful and profound. Try not to get too fixated on the size of your orgasm. Remember, sex is a journey, not a destination.
16. Some people have two vaginas
Uterus didelphys which is a rare abnormality results to a very small number of people actually having two vaginal canals.
People with two vaginas can still get pregnant and deliver a baby, but there’s a much higher risk for miscarriage and untimely labour.
18. Childbirth doesn’t permanently stretch out the vagina, but expect some changes
In the days directly after giving birth vaginally, your vagina and vulva will likely feel bruised and swollen. It’s also common for your vagina to feel more open than normal on account of the child that recently passed through.
But don’t worry, the swollenness and openness subsides within a few days.
Then there’s the dryness. The postpartum body makes less estrogen, which is partially responsible for vaginal lubrication. So you’ll feel drier overall after giving birth, and especially when breastfeeding because this further suppresses estrogen production.
Although your vagina will likely remain a little wider than it was pre-birth, you can keep your vaginal muscles toned and healthy by practicing regular pelvic floor exercises.
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19. The size and location of your clitoris matters for orgasm
The reason some people with vaginas have trouble reaching orgasm during penetrative sex could be because of a relatively small clitoris that’s located a bit too far from the vaginal opening.
20. Got cramps? Your vagina might help with that
Try giving yourself an orgasm to stimulate the release of feel-good chemicals like dopamine and serotonin. The natural pain-relieving effects of these chemicals can ease pain from menstrual cramps, and the afterglow of an orgasm relaxes muscles.
When masturbating, some people enjoy using a vibrator or watching something sexy to get in the mood.