Babe, just wait until you hear about the G-Spot! Even if you use the term vagina to describe ALLLL the anatomy up in your pants, it's actually just one small part of the magic happening between your legs! If you're out there like 'Vulva who?', we're here to give you a much-needed human bio lesson!
Read up about these crucial facts about this super important but often overlooked bodypart!
First and foremost, not everyone who has a vagina is biologically a woman.
To the people in the back. A person's sexual organs are NOT an indicator of their gender, and it's harmful to assume so. A person born with a vajayjay may also identify as gender fluid, as a trans man, non-binary, gender non-conforming. It's a physical body part, not a identity.
There is no specific 'G-Spot'.
According to Dr Nicole Prause, you can't 'standardize a vagina - there is no consistency across women as to where exactly we experience pleasure". All body types are different. For some, sexual sensitivity is where the G-spot is supposed to be, or it's to the left, or it's in a few places. That's kind of the whole point. It can all feel good!
Not every woman is born with a hymen.
The whole concept when the 'hymen' breaks when you do the deed, or preserves your virginity is a load of BS. Even if you were born with one, playing sports as a kid, using tampons, even medical procedures can 'break' it. So not having a hymen doesn't mean you've never had sex before.... urgh.
The vagina will always have a tiny bit of yeast in it.
Don't worry, it's not an infection. Whatever's down there will typically contain some fungus but that's healthy. It's only when your microbiome, or the healthy bacteria in your vag. gets disrupted by lubes and antibiotics that the yeast can overgrown, causing itching and burning.
The surrounding area can be different colours.
This is natural. The shade of your labia and vaginal tissue isn't related to the tone of your natural skin. Don't be alarmed.
Lots of sex won't stretch you out.
Ever hear the term 'loose women'? Feel free to slap them in the face! The vagina is incredibly elastic, so it will always return to its usual tightness after sex.
The vagina walls are pleated.
The walls of the vagina lie compressed against each other, but the sides ca wide and separate like the way an umbrella opens. This is to allow room during sex, and to allow a baby to pass through.
Vaginas don't shrink.
Going through a dry spell? At first, the vaginal muscles may tense after weeks/months of sex but penetration shouldn't be painful... if you continue to feel pain/discomfort during sex, go to your doctor.
Discharge flushes out cells from the vaginal wall, from excess water to bactera. When you're cleaning down there, a simple swipe of mild, scent-free soap is all you need.
Orgasms are good for you.
Having regular sex, even with yourself and orgasms reduce stress and anxiety, increasing estrogen production.
Your vagina is NOT a blackhole.
It's impossible for a tampon and menstrual cups to get lost in their since the cervix blocks off ALL access.
The vagina can actually double in size.
Women's vaginas can double in size and shape during arousal and sex, enabling sperm to move up into the cervix more easily.
They say your vajayjay is about as acidic as wine.
No, not true. The normal pH for us babes is 3.8 to 4.5. Wines fall around 3.0 to 4.0.
Discharge changes throughout your cycle.
Though the vag can produce up to two teaspoons of clearish discharge a day during ovulation, right before, it's thicker. This change apparently creates a hospitable environment for the sperm to travel up to the egg. If it burns, smells off or looks like cottage cheese, time to see the gyno!
Your vagina is an ecosystem.
The most important bug taking residence is something called lactobacilli, a strain of lactic acid that keeps bad microorganisms in check to prevent infections. That said, do not put yogurt up in there. It will not cure a yeast infection!