It has many aliases, a few quirky pet names and the ability to bring you tons of pleasure — not to mention excruciating pain, but even though we are born with one it is still a huuuge source of mystery to many of us ladies of all ages (so just imagine how men feel!) its time we get to know ourselves so get comfy, find a mirror & see what’s really going on “down there” & put your mind at ease. find out how your vagina functions, keeping it healthy, and increasing the amount of bliss it brings you. Here we go…
1. It’s just one part of your down-there region Most of us use the word vagina to refer to our private parts. But technically, the term describes only the narrow canal that runs inside your body from the vulva (the visible area that includes the inner and outer labia, clitoris, and perineum) to the cervix (the lower portion of the uterus).
2. Vaginas generally look alike …On the inside, that is. What does vary is the vulva. The clitoris ranges from 1 to 1¼ inches (including the hood), the outer labia can be barely there or a few inches long, and the inner labia, which are reminiscent of butterfly wings, might be hidden or hang past the outer lips. Most women’s labia aren’t perfectly symmetrical — one side is usually bigger than the other.
3. The surrounding area often can be different colors . The shade of your southern region isn’t necessarily related to the tone of the rest of your skin. Many light-skinned women have brown or purplish labia, while a darker-hued chick can have a lighter vulva. You also can have different colors in different areas — for example, your labia could be on the darker side yet your perineum could be pale pink.
4. Its walls are pleated. Usually, the walls of the vagina lie compressed against each other. But when they need to open— to accommodate a tampon or penis—the sides separate and widen, kind of like the way an umbrella opens or a pleated skirt unfolds. The vagina typically swells from half an inch wide to 2 inches wide. And it can get even bigger — after all, a baby might have to pass through it!
5. Relax — a well-hung guy won’t stretch it out…
As explained above, the vagina is incredibly elastic and can fit a supersize penis — yet it always returns to its usual tightness after sex. But it might be a different story once you pop out a baby, as some moms say they do feel looser. You can tighten up by doing certain exercises (see number 7).
6. …Nor will it “revirginize” if you go through a long dry spell . There’s a rumor out there that if you find yourself in a no-booty bout, your vagina will become so tight that getting back in the saddle will hurt. It’s totally untrue. While your vaginal muscles may be tense at first, penetration shouldn’t be painful at all, so relax, enjoy & be safe
7. It benefits from regular exercise.
Just as working your biceps firms up your arms, working your pubococcygeus ( i cant pronounce it either lol)muscle — a main muscle of your pubic region — can tone up your vadge. Besides giving you a tighter grip during sex, it also may make it easier to climax. Here’s how to exercise your V: Clamp down as if you’re stopping your urine flow, hold for 10 seconds, then release. Do 2 sets of 10 to 20 a day; you’ll notice a difference in about a month. This may also help with weak bladder mucsles during a laughing fit. Happy squeezing
8. It’s teeming with bacteria Don’t get grossed out — they’re the kind that keep bad microorganisms in check so you don’t get an infection. One of the good bacteria is lactobacilli, also found in yogurt. In fact, some gynos say you can help cure a yeast infection by inserting a tablespoon of plain yogurt with live cultures into your vadge (put some on a tampon, and push it in).
9. It’s self-cleaning . No need to douche or wash the inside — your vagina cleans itself with discharge (yep, that stuff has a function). The secretions flush out cells from the vaginal wall, excess water, and bacteria. The only washing it needs is on the outside between the labial folds and along the perineum (use a mild, scentfree soap) do not put inside, this can cause some serious stinging ouch.
10. The hair around it isn’t necessary. Back in caveman times, pubes shielded the vagina from bacteria and trapped odor to attract men. Today, we have clothes to protect us. And as for attracting a guy with your hairy crotch, the opposite may be true: Some guys are turned on by seeing a woman’s bare V, or a landing strip, go with what you feel comfortable & like to maintain
11. Its smell gets stronger during your cycle . Speaking of scent, every vagina has one. It tends to be acidic before your period and pungent afterward. Your scent also may be more noticeable post-workout, because of sweat glands, and during sex, thanks to the natural lubrication you produce. Dont be tempted to put perfume down there as your natural smells are a huge turn on to me if your bathed go au naturel
12. Getting it on does it good…
Part of the reason sex feels so amazing: Hoo-ha stimulation, whether or not you reach an O, releases feel-good hormones. Some gynos also say that having an orgasm eases cramps — an awesome reason to hit the sheets with your guy or have solo sex when you have your period. Though it is nice to take a break & have something to look forward to after-all absence makes the heart grow fonder & more excited ;p
13. …But too much sex can throw it out of whack . While regular action can relax you, too much in a short period of time may leave you chafed or inflamed down south or with a urinary-tract infection. You’re more likely to get a UTI if you do it on top or in missionary, since your guy’s penis is superclose to your urethra and can push harmful bacteria in it. No need to give up these poses though; peeing post-sex can keep a UTI at bay & maybe a quick rinse with cool water.
14. Discharge changes throughout your cycle.
Your vadge produces more discharge — up to 2 teaspoons a day — during ovulation; it tends to be thinner and clearer at this time. Before your flow, it’s creamier and thicker. If it ever itches, burns, stinks, or looks like cottage cheese, see your gyno. Another good thing is to become familiar with “your” discharge at different parts of your cycle to notice this familiarity
15. Things can’t get lost up there . Your vagina is not a black hole. It’s impossible for anything (like a tampon) to escape into your uterus — the cervix blocks off access. But a tampon can slip out of reach. If one does, fish it out while squatting and bearing down. If that doesn’t work, make an appointment with your gyno, who will pluck out the tampon quickly and painlessly. Note: Steer clear of putting food, even chocolate syrup or whipped cream, up there. The sugar can lead to an infection.