You already know that your vagina is a pretty awesome organ, right? But there are some crazy and interesting facts about your vagina that you probably didn’t realize–but that make it even more awesome than you thought it was before. Seriously–we’re talking ninjas, sharks and mad scientist level awesome. Don’t believe us? Flip through the gallery below for crazy and interesting facts about your vagina and see if you don’t agree when you’re done.
Your Vagina Is Self-Cleaning!You know why docs (and we here at Gurl!) tell you pretty often not to douche or use weird washes down there? Because, like an awesome roommate after a party, your vag cleans up on its own without your help. Just plain old soap and water on the outside of it in the shower is enough--you can let everything else handle itself.
You've Got A Lot Of Nerve Endings Down There.Think guys have it the best? Think again. Your clitoris--which is one of the tiniest parts of you down there, though it does engorge when you're turned on--that tiny little button? That has 8,000 nerve endings. The whole penis? Only has 4,000. Score one for the gals!
Don't Hate On Crotch Sweat!While it may feel uncomfortable when it happens, sweating down there actually saves you from feeling truly awful. Sweat from your vulva and various other places down there keeps you from feeling too much heat and friction--yikes! So if you need to, just run the restroom, wipe off, change undies if necessary and thank Mother Nature for not making it worse.
You Don't Look As Different As You Think!Your labia can all look different, and so can your vulvas. But in terms of actual vaginas--as in the birth canal? Most of us look the same, so no need to feel like a special snowflake or a freak of nature down there.
Your Pubes & Natural Scent Have A Purpose!Paranoid about your pubes? Stressing over your scent? Don't. Experts say that pubic hair is actually evolution's way of making you more attractive: It traps scents, odors and pheromones that lure partners to you on an instinctual level. Of course, if you want to wax or shave to feel more confident, that's your prerogative--just know that you don't need to.
You're Not Going To Get Loose!You know the myth that if you have sex too much, your vagina's gonna loosen up? And you'll become a "loose woman?" Yeah, it's a myth for a reason: It ain't true. Your vagina's elastic, like a rubber band. You know how when you have a rubber band and stretch it how it snaps back into place? Same idea, so don't let anyone slut shame you into thinking differently. One exception, though? You may loosen up temporarily after childbirth--but you're probably not going to have to worry about that for a while anyway.
It's Powerful--And The Name Reflects That!Horny ninjas, rejoice! The word "vagina" comes from a Latin word that means "sword sheath."
Your Vagina And Jaws Have Something In Common.No, this isn't a "vagina dentata" (vagina with teeth) joke. Both sharks and our lil' old vaginas contain "squalene." Squalene exists in shark livers and is also a natural vaginal lubricant for us land lubbers. Do you feel a little more dangerous now?
Were you surprised by any of these crazy and interesting facts about your vagina? Tell us in the comments!