How well do you really know your vagina? Here are 9 fun facts about your lady parts that you probably didn’t know.
The skin is usually darker down there - If you’ve ever wondered whether you’re the only one with genitals that are darker than the rest of your body, you’re not alone. It’s normal for the skin to be slightly darker down there. The colour may differ from woman to woman - some have red-ish brown labia while others may have a pinkish purple tone. However, if your vagina is a dark purple colour, it’s best to speak to your doctor as this may be a sign of yeast infection or some other complication.
Pubic hair is not necessary for a healthy vagina - Maintaining your pubic hair is not going to make your vagina any healthier by keeping infections at bay. It is a personal preference, so don’t think too much if you want to remove it. However, make sure to use a safe method for hair removal as you don’t want to cause any cuts or burns your sensitive area.
Your vagina doesn’t always smell the same - It’s normal for your vagina to smell slightly different from time to time depending on dietary changes or your menstrual cycle. While menstruating, your vaginal smell may be more intense. Supplements and strong smelling foods like garlic can also temporarily alter the smell of your vagina. However, if you notice a constant foul fishy smell from your vagina, make sure to consult a doctor to rule out any sort of bacterial infections.
Douching isn’t necessary to clean your vagina - While you may think douching is a good idea to clean your vagina thoroughly, you may be overdoing it and making your vagina more vulnerable to bacterial infections. The vagina is self cleaning – its acidic nature helps keep bacteria at bay. However, every time you douche, you may be tampering with the acidic environment of the vagina, thus making it more vulnerable to infections and STD’s instead.
When aroused, your genitals become darker - Believe it or not but its true! Arousal leads to increased blood flow in your genitals, leading to darkening and temporarily causing the clitoris and inner lips (labia minora) to swell up!
The vaginal canal becomes longer when aroused - YES, your vagina can take a hint! On an average, the vaginal canal is 3 to 6 inches long. On arousal, your vagina becomes longer, forcing your uterus and cervix to move out of the way to accommodate penetration for sex. The upper two-thirds of the vagina lengthen on penetration. In times when you can feel the penis or sex toy hitting your cervix, it means that you aren’t aroused enough, which may make full penetration challenging. However, this may also happen if the device or penis is too large as compared to the average size (the average being approximately 5 inches). The vaginal canal also changes in size during child birth.
Your vagina is elastic - Your vagina is like a rubber band – it can stretch out to accommodate for child birth but will also come back to its original shape within approximately 6 months after giving birth. However, it will not be exactly the same – it’ll be close enough to its original appearance though. It’s important to remember that the vaginal elasticity will weaken with multiple births though. Aging can also play a role in increased vaginal elasticity due to weakening of the muscles.
Your clitoris also changes size when stimulated - Yes, your happy clitoris will swell up with joy when aroused! Even though it won’t change in size as much as a penis does, it will swell up and retract under its hood when sexually stimulated.
Every woman’s genitals are unique - Never try comparing your vagina to that of another woman. Remember that your genitals are unique in its own way because the vagina, clit, inner and outer lips (labia) may vary in shape, colour, size, symmetry and depth. All of these permutations and combinations make it very difficult to have lady parts similar to that of another woman. So remember, there is no standard shape, size or colour of a vagina.