The vagina is a fascinating body part—what it looks like, how it smells, even how it changes over time. Chances are, there are probably a lot of vagina facts that you don’t know.
So we put together a bunch of details about vaginas and vulvas. They’ll help you navigate the labyrinth of lies and appreciate your body in all its glory.
Clitoris Is More Like A Penis Than You Realize.
It has the prepuce, the glans, and the frenulum, just like the penis. While smaller in size than the penis, the clitoris actually has twice as many nerve endings. The clitoris has 8,000 nerve endings while the penis has just 4,000.
It’s the highest concentration of nerve endings in the entire human body. Like most organs, size and shapes vary, but an average clitoris is less than one centimetre in length.
Vagina Can Change In Size And Shape When Turned On.
It’s called “vaginal tenting” and it’s totally normal. The vagina averages around three to four inches in length, though it can be more or less. But during arousal, it gets more relaxed and wider.
The uterus is pulled upward, which changes the position of the cervix, allowing the vagina to become longer. And this ultimately is the readying of your body for intercourse.
However, the inner two-thirds of the vagina acts differently from the outer third: Only the inner lengthens.
Most People Can’t Orgasm From Vaginal Penetration Alone
Sorry, Freud. A little over 18 per cent of vagina owners say they can reach orgasm from penetration alone. For the other 80 per cent, the key orgasmic ingredient is the clitoris.
Some people can experience both a vaginal and clitoral orgasm at the same time. It’s also called a “blended orgasm,” which may sound rare but it’s totally achievable. There are also plenty of perfectly healthy bodies that rarely or never get all the way to orgasm
Vaginas Are Supposed To Have A Smell
This should be common knowledge by now but it’s not. The bottom line? 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, the tanginess you occasionally get a whiff of is totally normal. It is nothing to cover up with perfumes and scented body washes. Of course, if you notice a new pungent smell, you need to see the doctor.
Vagina is Self-cleaning
The lining of the vagina has various glands that release fluid, with the purpose of cleaning and lubricating the vagina. If you use soap, it will always interfere with the vagina’s natural flora.
This can upset the body’s pH balance and cause infections, such as thrush. So don’t use soap anywhere beyond your outermost labia, where your pubic hair grows.
Also, research shows a link between douching and increasing the risk of bacterial vaginosis, pelvic inflammatory infections, and ectopic pregnancy.
Kegels Are Basically “Vaginal Anti-aging Creams.”
Experts recommend that every woman practice Kegel exercises after vaginal birth, once they have a doctor’s clearance. The way we use wrinkle creams, everyone should be doing Kegels.
And definitely after childbirth.
To properly locate the muscles, use this technique: Pretend that you’re in an elevator, and
No two vaginas smell the same.
So many different factors go into your southern scent. Every woman smells slightly different thanks to her diet, the fabric she wears, her gland secretions, level of hygiene and her personal blend of internal bacteria.
Bonus Vagina Facts:
Vagina means sheath. The word “vagina” dates back to the 17th century. In Latin, it means “sheath.” Makes sense, yes?
They come in all different colours. Labia colour can range from light pink to dark brown. During sexual arousal, the colour of your labia can temporarily deepen as blood rushes to the area.