Actress Betty White once said, "Why do people say, 'Grow some balls'? Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina." We don't know about you, but we agree with her! Sadly, not all women are well acquainted with their vagina and the wonders it does to their body. So to change that, we rounded up a few facts you may want to know about your lady parts.
1. The vagina doesn't make up your entire nether region.
A lot of people—even grown women—mistake the area between their legs as their vagina, when it's really their vulva. Here's a quick refresher: vulva is the outer genital area which consists of the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, mons pubis, and the openings of the urethra and vagina, while the vagina itself is the muscular canal that connects the vulva to the cervix.
2. A vagina can expand up to 200% during intercourse or childbirth.
An average vagina is 3-4 inches long, but it can double in length while you're giving birth or when you're sexually aroused. The latter occurrence is called vaginal tenting. When you're turned on, there's more muscular tension in the body, which draws the uterus upward and creates more space in the vagina.
3. Your vagina is a self-cleaning organ.
Just because your vagina smells nothing like flowers and berries doesn't mean it's dirty. It actually cleans itself by producing a fluid that gets rid of dead cells and bacteria. Keep in mind that your vaginal discharge should be clear or white-ish. If it's chunky in consistency, has foul odor, or is brown, pink, or yellow in color, you should consult your doctor immediately.
4. Your vagina can fall out!
Surprise! Surprise! Did you know that same with your other pelvic organs, your vagina can fall from inside your pelvis toward its opening? In severe cases, it can even protrude outside the vaginal opening! This condition is called vaginal prolapse. It can be caused by childbirth, obesity, menopause, and hysterectomy, among others.
5. There are yeasts living in your vagina.
The Lactobacilli in the vagina is partially responsible for maintaining the acidic or low pH that controls the growth of yeasts. When there's an imbalance in your system leading to a decrease in the bacteria, the vaginal pH goes up causing an overgrowth of yeasts, specifically Candida albicans. This yeast overgrowth is also called vaginal yeast infection which causes symptoms including itching, burning and a thick, cottage cheese-like odorless discharge.
There are a number of tried-and-tested treatments for this condition, but if you want to eliminate the infection at its source, we suggest you try Clotrimazole (Canesten) Vaginal Tablet. Unlike oral medications, it works directly where it's most needed.
It's as easy as using any tampon. First, wash your hands thoroughly. In case there is dryness, wet the tablet with water before lying on your back with your legs bent up. Using your finger, insert one vaginal tablet with the rounded portion first as deeply as possible into the vagina. Then simply remain lying down until the tablet melts. This is best done before bedtime.
You can visit your gynecologist to know more about yeast infection and using a treatment like Clotrimazole (Canesten) Vaginal Tablet.
6. A clitoris has more nerve endings than a penis.
Double the numbers, actually. There are 8,000 sensory nerve endings in a clitoris, and only 4,000 in a penis. No wonder girls have way more orgasms than men!
7. You can't lose anything inside your vagina.
No, your vagina isn't a black hole of some sort. Though foreign objects can get lodged deep inside it, your cervix blocks them from getting inside your uterus. So the next time a tampon or condom gets stuck inside, fish it out while squatting or better yet, ask help from your gynecologist.
So here's a word of advice: be more curious about this crucial part of your womanhood. Knowing how to take care of it is a must for all strong, independent women.
Clotrimazole is the generic name of Canesten Vaginal Tablet. If symptoms persist, consult your doctor.
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