12 facts about the vagina

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  • The vagina is an elastic-muscular tube inside. What is outside – the large and small labia, the clitoris, the opening of the urethra – is the vulva.
  • The labia may be asymmetrical – this is normal. For most women, one is always slightly larger than the other. Moreover, the asymmetry can be double: for example, the right labia majora is larger than the left, while for small lips, the opposite is true – the left is larger than the right.
  • The color of the vulva can change – with age, with the phase of the cycle … And it generally does not correlate with skin color. There are Africans with pink vulvas and natural blondes with almost brown ones.
  • Hair in intimate areas has no practical natural meaning. That is, before the invention of underwear they had, but now they have lost it. Previously, they created additional protection against external bacteria and internal secretions. Now they carry a purely aesthetic load.
  • The size of the vagina (average) is 7-12 cm. That is, the standard vagina is smaller than the standard male member. But it is well extensible (especially in an excited state), so it perfectly justifies its name. Translated from Latin, “vagina” means “sheath”. And the man, of course, has a sword.
  • The vagina, like any muscle, needs constant training. The idea that after childbirth the vagina becomes larger is not entirely true. It does not lengthen, but simply its walls, losing elasticity, no longer adjoin each other. Kegel exercises help to keep the vagina in good shape … But in advanced cases, you have to “sew in”.
  • The walls of the vagina in a calm state are closed, adjacent to each other. But they are easily moved apart with the introduction of a tampon, vaginal balls or a “sword”.
  • Nothing inserted into the vagina can be lost in it: the upper end of this tube covers the tightly closed cervix, where nothing will slip through. And from a depth of 7-13 cm, you can extract any object even without the help of a gynecologist. However (taking into account item 7) there is always a risk of forgetting a foreign object in the vagina. Especially often this happens with hygienic tampons and contraceptive rings. Be carefull!
  • The G-spot is a very arbitrary concept. Gynecologist Ernest Grafenberg described it in 1950, but since then this finding has not been confirmed by any scientific research. And specific signs that allow you to detect this spot on the wall of the vagina simply do not exist.
  • The vagina is filled with bacteria. And as long as “good” fermented milk products prevail, everything will be fine. There are even tests to check the ph of the vagina (the norm is from 3.5 to 4.5). In order not to upset the balance, you can not wash the genitals with soap and smear with oil. Special products have been developed for intimate hygiene.
  • The vagina is a self-cleansing organ, so it does not need douching, and daily discharge is normal. True, if the color, smell or volume of discharge has noticeably changed in a short period, then this is a reason to contact a gynecologist.
  • However, the smell of the genital organs can change throughout the cycle – this is also normal: at the beginning of the cycle, it is usually quite neutral, closer to ovulation it becomes very specific, because the sweat glands in the intimate area work more actively, after ovulation it is more acidic: it is bacteria that produce lactic acid are activated. And, of course, the smell changes noticeably against the background of sexual arousal: after all, natural lubricant also has its own aroma.

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