So, this is a little disturbing: a recent survey found that nearly half of the young women in the U.K. don’t know where their vagina is. I know – at first glance, that sentence sounds insane. It’s not that girls think their vagina is located in, like, their elbow or something… it’s that they’re confused about the female anatomy in general. Basically, they don’t know where everything is down there. They were shown a diagram and were asked to locate the womb, cervix, ovaries, vagina, and vulva… and only half were able to accurately identify the vagina.
Oof. I’m sure statistics like this one aren’t for U.K. women alone. Considering the fact that the vagina is a pretty big deal for any woman, don’t you think we should all be able to actually identify it?! Of course we should! I don’t know whether this goes back to poor sex education classes, a lack of interest, embarrassment, or simply forgetfulness, but either way, it needs to change.
We should all know where our vagina is located! And speaking of our down there area, we should also know some other stuff about it as well. Stuff that you should have been taught in school, but… well, it’s entirely possible that that never happened. Here are 10 facts you absolutely need to know about your vagina.
AnatomyFirst things first: know where the most basic parts are located! This diagram should be helpful, and it's really easy to memorize. Grab a mirror, spread your legs, and check stuff out to find it on your own. The more you know about what's going on down there, the better! Source: Huffington Post
Discharge Is Normal and CommonI always get questions from you guys asking about discharge: is it normal? Is it okay to have discharge every day? How much is too much? What if it smells? The list goes on and on. Daily discharge is completely normal... actually, it's necessary in order for things to stay healthy down there. A slight odor is also normal, but if it seems very fishy or very strong, there could be something else going on - it might be a sign to go to the gyno. Also, your discharge will be different during ovulation. You'll produce more of it, and it will be thicker and creamier. It will also smell a little stronger. Source: ShutterStock
Nothing Can Get Lost Down ThereHere's an embarrassing story: when I was younger and had first started using tampons, I had a bit of a scare. The string was a little misplaced, and I immediately had a panic attack, thinking that somehow, the tampon had gotten lost up there. Now that I read your questions every day, I can see that I'm not the only one who has experienced panic over something like this. Good news, girls: nothing can get lost down there. Not a tampon, not a condom, not a sexy toy... nothing. If you can't find the condom or tampon, sit down with your legs wide, looking at a mirror. Gently insert your fingers to feel around. It will be there. Source: ShutterStock
Everyone Has Different Parts Down ThereAnother thing almost all of you are wondering? If you're normal down there. A lot of you complain about small lips, lips that are too big, lips that hang down or are uneven, darker coloring down there, too much hair... I never knew there was so much to stress about when it comes to what your vagina looks like! The truth is, no one vagina was made the same. We're all different down there, and that's okay. Your vag isn't weird because it doesn't look exactly the same as something you might have seen in a magazine or video or online. Source: ShutterStock
You Can Have Four Different Kinds Of OrgasmsHere's something to brag about to the next guy who's annoying you: women have the ability to have four different kinds of orgasms. These are: vaginal orgasms, clitoral orgasms, multiples and blended. Vaginal orgasms typically happen during intercourse, although many women have difficulty experiencing this type of pleasure. Clitoral orgasms are the most common and occur when your clitoris is being stimulated. Multiples are when orgasms happen one after another in succession, not when you have two or three in one night. A blended orgasm is a mix of both vaginal and clitoral, and is very intense. Source: ShutterStock
Certain Foods Might Affect The SmellThere is no legitimate or extensive scientific research on how food affects your vag smell, but there is some evidence suggesting that different kinds of foods can make it smell a little differently down there. I'm sure you've heard that pineapple can make you smell better. Again, there's no legit evidence that it does, but it might! On the other hand, strong smelling foods like garlic, asparagus or curry might make it smell worse. Red meat can also throw off your pH levels, which might change the smell. Source: ShutterStock
Your Vagina Expands During SexIf you're worried that a larger penis might not fit in there, or that any penis at all won't fit, or that even a finger won't fit... stop stressing. Your vagina expands during sex. This is called vaginal tenting, and it happens when you're aroused. So, as long as you relax and take things slow, you should be able to fit him down there. Source: ShutterStock
Eating Yogurt Is Good For Your VagIf you want to prevent yeast and bacterial infections, eat yogurt once a day! Yogurt with live cultures can help balance your pH system and keep your bacteria healthy. If you really hate yogurt, take a daily dose of probiotic supplements. Other good sources for probiotics are kimchi, miso and sauerkraut. Source: ShutterStock
Sweating Down There Is HealthyYou might feel gross and uncomfortable when you sweat down there, but it's actually really important! Sweat protects the area from friction and overheating. If you didn't have sweat, things would be even more uncomfortable! Source: ShutterStock
It Cleans ItselfYour vagina is self-cleaning. This means that you don't need to douche, or buy any product that cleans, or anything else. In fact, you shouldn't do any of that. Cleaning it too much gets rid of the healthy bacteria and leaves room for the bad stuff. Leave your vagina alone! All you need to do is gently rinse with water in the shower. Soap may irritate it and cause infections. Source: ShutterStock
Do you know where your vagina is located? Which of these facts did you never know? What else do you want to know about your vagina? Tell me in the comments!