The vagina is the most intimate part of the female body. When a problem occurs there, women generally fail to talk about it and prefer to ignore what is going on instead of asking for an opinion or even consult a professional. Now, this very fragile part must be treated with great care and its problems should be considered a priority in order to avoid possible complications. To help you learn more about your vagina, here are 11 things nobody told you before!
The vagina is one of the parts of the female genital tract, which is in a form of tube, about 2 ½-3 inches long and 1 inch wide in general. It is a flexible muscle surrounded by a very extensible wall, allowing it to expand to allow penetration and delivery.
Now, this part of the body is often a source of embarrassment and complex for women. According to a British study conducted on women aged between 18 and 24, 66% of them were embarrassed to talk about their vagina or other gynecological problems, and 48% of them were afraid to undergo a gynecological examination.
11 things you don’t know about your vagina
1 – Varying forms
The vulva is the external visible part of the female reproductive system and surrounds the vagina. Like any other body part, its shape and size vary from one woman to another. Fine, chubby, curvy or some other, all forms are beautiful. You just have to accept it and learn to love what nature gave you.
2 – Urination is for men!
We all know that men use their penis to urinate. On the other hand, women don’t use their vagina to urinate. The opening of the urethra that is located between the clitoris and the vaginal opening is from where the bladder evacuates its contents.
3 – Bleeding is quite normal
The bleeding that occurs at the beginning of the female menstrual cycle is caused by the non-fertilization of the ovum. It is due to shedding of the endometrium, a thickened uterine and highly vascularized lining responsible for the preparation of endometrium to receive and nourish the fertilized egg. The evacuation of blood clots is usually due to the detachment of the endometrium a few hours before uterine contractions arrive to evacuate it.
4 – Vagina can fall out!
What you probably do not know is that your vagina can “fall out”. Indeed, the pelvic organ prolapse occurs when one or more pelvic organs prolapsed or fall, exerting pressure on the vaginal wall which may come out beyond the vulva. Fortunately, this can be corrected by a perineal rehabilitation or surgery.
5 – Vaginal discharge? Completely normal!
Vaginal discharge, when it is odorless and not accompanied by itching or burning sensation, is completely normal and does not require consultation. The amount depends on the menstrual cycle and nature of each woman.
6 – A muscle to preserve!
The vagina is a muscle able to contract and relax. Like any other muscle in the body, it loses its tone if it is not regularly stimulated or may loosen up due to trauma such as childbirth, for example. If your vagina is not as tight as you like, reinforce it by doing vaginal exercises (Kegel exercises, for example) or by spending a little more time in the gym!
7 – Beware of the hymen!
The hymen is a thin membrane more or less elastic that tears at the first penetrative sex. However, its elasticity and strength vary from one woman to another. Moreover, some women are born without a hymen, while others lose it because of a fall or biking or horseback riding.
8 – To douche or not to douche?
Douching by bringing water into your vagina is strongly discouraged. Not only that is drying the vagina, but also disrupts the balance of flora which promotes infection. To clean it, use only water and mild soap occasionally, and apply only externally. Your vagina is perfectly capable of cleaning itself.
9 – Lubrication
A dry vagina is usually a source of discomfort and pain during intercourse. Therefore, avoid excessive washing or taking a shower just before making love to preserve its natural lubrication.
10 – Ouch, that hurts!
Among the main functions of the vagina is to accommodate a penis. But even when this becomes painful and uncomfortable with sufficient lubrication, it is advised to see a gynecologist that can help you detect and treat the causes of pain and to better enjoy the lovemaking.
11 – Female orgasm
Female orgasm occurs following a retraction of the clitoris and a dozen involuntary contractions of the vagina, at the end of the excitation of sex phase. It can be achieved with a penetration, stimulation of the clitoris or nipples, or all at once.
References: womenshealthmag.com, redbookmag.com