Things You Might Not Know About the Vagina
posted by: Guest Blogger
The vagina is a pretty impressive part of female anatomy, but how much do most of us really know about it? Education about women’s health, anatomy, and sexuality is often lacking, and finding accurate, open information can be a challenge.
We’re all about people knowing and understanding their bodies, so here are 5 interesting facts about the vagina.
1. Your labia can turn purple during pregnancy
Pregnancy comes with a host of body changes, some of them bordering on the bizarre. For instance, your vulva can take on a blue or purple hue. Weird! It may be startling to see, but it’s a perfectly normal result of increased blood flow to the area.
2. Smoking may lead to less pleasurable sex
It’s no secret that cigarettes are bad for your overall health, but they can also impact your intimate life. Smoking can make it more difficult to become aroused, decrease your natural lubrication, and even lead to laxity of your vaginal muscles and tissues.
3. People used to have totally off-base understandings of the vagina
In fact, Hippocrates, who is often considered the father of modern medicine, believed that the uterus moved around. The “wandering womb” was included under the general umbrella of female hysteria—and Hippocrates theorized that it led to irritability, horniness, and instability.
Here are a few more crazy things people used to believe:
- Children conceived while a woman was menstruating would have deformities.
- Women could not get pregnant by rape.
- Dung and fermented leaves could be inserted into the vagina to prevent pregnancy.
Feeling thankful for modern medicine, yet?
4. The vagina pretty much takes care of itself
Despite ads for feminine hygiene products, like douches or sprays, your vagina and vulva don’t require much to stay clean. In fact, many of these products actually harm your vagina’s balance.
Think of the vagina like a self-cleaning oven. While a little upkeep is necessary to whisk away sweat, oils, etc. from the vulva, the vaginal canal doesn’t need any help. That’s because your vagina has its own little ecosystem containing healthy bacteria that keep everything regulated and in harmony.
5. Notice changes to your face as you get older? Some of the same stuff happens to the vagina
Like every other part of your body, the vagina does not remain the same throughout life. The natural aging process, life events like pregnancy and childbirth, and genetics can all contribute to vaginal changes.
Here are a few common things that can happen:
- The size, shape, and color of the labia can change throughout your life, from puberty to menopause.
- Loss of muscle and skin tone is normal as we age, and many women notice a little more vaginal laxity, which can sometimes contribute to decreased sensation and…
- Urinary stress incontinence, i.e. peeing a little when you sneeze, laugh, or are active. This results from weakened vaginal muscles and is a common occurrence for women who have given birth.
Learn more and become a true “va-genius”