Every woman has a vagina. And every woman’s vagina is unique. There are however some facts that every woman should know about the body part that we probably hold in the highest esteem secondary only to our faces.
There is no right or wrong ‘look’. The vulva are the outer lips of your vaginal area and every woman’s vulva is different. You might have plump aka phat, curvy or thin vulva. Embrace your shape – all vulva are beautiful and unless you are in discomfort or a porn star, there‘s no reason to consider labiaplasty (vaginal rejuvenation surgery). Also, do not be daunted by the musings of “fat pum-pum” by men who are probably more talk than action.
Men urinate through their penis. However, we do not pee through our vagina. Your bladder empties through the urethral opening, which is under the clitoris and above the vaginal opening.
Your vagina is a two way street but it is also a cul-de-sac. The vagina leads to the womb and nowhere else. Anything entering your vagina cannot access anywhere else in your body. If you lose something in your vagina you can retrieve it but never use any kind of tool. And always, always remember to take out the last tampon of your period, otherwise you put yourself at great risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome and run the risk of been crowned “nasty gyal” by all and sundry. A dubious honour.
Yes, your vagina can “fall out.” In what is known as a pelvic prolapse, your vagina can invert and descend between your legs. But no need to fret – it can be corrected. But geez, can you imagine?
Allegedly, once it’s gone, it stays gone. Though I know some people have lost their virginity multiple times; losing your virginity is a one-time only offer. Losing your virginity refers to the breaking of the hymen, the membrane that partially closes the vagina – and yes, it can be broken by things other than penile penetration, but you remain a virgin until your first act of sexual intercourse.
Your vagina is a muscle and contracts and stretches just like other muscles. And just like other muscles, if you don’t use them, you lose them. Regular sex is enough of a workout, but post-menopause, the fragile vaginal tissue is prone to scarring and shrinking, so if you’re a lady of a certain age and don’t have a partner for a prolonged period of time, it is best to invest in a battery-operated boyfriend. Ouch.
While on the subject of muscles, the vagina muscle is incredibly stretchy for birthing. Some women experience a feeling of looseness after having children. If your vagina isn’t as tight as you like, or is suffering from being a bit loose after you’ve had kids, Kegel exercises can do wonders. You can begin your Kegel routine by contracting and relaxing 10 times for 3 sets a few times a day. If you’re not sure, try to stop the flow of urine when you pee – that will demonstrate exactly what you need to be doing. Also, do not fall prey to men who are less than blessed and who specialize in preaching the gospel of the big pum-pum.
There is no need to douche. If you are douching because you have a strong odor or discharge, it could be the sign of an infection, instead of reaching for a douche bottle, seek medical advice right now!