Our vaginas really are a miracle of nature whether you realize it or not. They keep their functions running without much trouble mostly all on their own. We don’t really talk about our vaginas enough but it’s important to have open conversations about our reproductive health. We don’t really give our nether regions enough credit either. If you disagree, read on to find out just how amazing our vaginas are.
1. It Has The Same pH As Beer
The pH of a healthy vagina is between 3.5 and 4.5.1 This keeps the wide variety of bacteria healthy and is acidic enough to kill any unwelcome outsiders that may cause infections. Coincidentally, this is just about the same pH as a nice cold beer. However, keep in mind that while yeast is great in one, in the other it can cause a whole load of problems.
2. It Has A Crazy Amount Of Nerve Endings
The clitoris has about 8000 nerve endings, which is way more than on any other part of the body.2 This explains why clitoral orgasms can be so intense. It’s also double the number of nerve endings that the penis has. It’s pretty obvious who got the better end of the deal here.
3. It Expands
Ever noticed how your vagina feels quite shallow when you insert a tampon but has no trouble accommodating a well-endowed penis and possibly even a 10-pound baby? The vagina can actually stretch to about double its own size when it needs to, especially when aroused. This is a process called tenting in which the pleated walls of the vagina can actually expand to an impressive size.3
4. It Could Do With Some Exercise
A small workout doesn’t do the vagina any harm at all. In fact, pelvic floor exercises are great for maintaining bladder control and giving you more intense orgasms. The most common exercise is called a kegel. For this, you need to find the right muscles. To identify your pelvic floor muscles, try to stop urinating midstream. If you manage to do that, you’ve got the right muscles. Now try to contract these muscles and hold it for as long as you can. Start with 10 seconds, and then continue building up to a minute. You can do these exercises discreetly about twice a day anywhere at anytime.
5. It’s Self Cleaning
Your vagina doesn’t need the douches or any kind of inside cleaning. In fact, douching can make you prone to getting infections because it flushes out all the good bacteria that keep things in balance. The discharge that it naturally produces helps carry off any waste and harmful bacteria. This maintains the delicate pH balance and keeps things in check. The only cleaning you have to do is around the labia and perineum with a mild unscented soap.
6. Its Scent Is Unique
Of course, your vagina isn’t supposed to smell like a meadow of flowers so don’t bother using feminine deodorant products down there. It can mess with the good bacteria that keep things healthy and make you prone to more infections. Naturally, each vagina smells different in its own way. This largely said to depend on sweat, diet and hygiene habits. As long as nothing smells overly offensive or pungent, you have nothing to worry about.
Now that you know what an amazingly robust and resilient organ your vagina is, treat it with care, and appreciate it for what it does!
|↑1||Vagina. Microbe Wiki. Kenyon College|
|↑2||Normal Female Anatomy. University of Michigan Health System.|
|↑3||How deep is the average vagina, and does it elongate when something’s in it? Columbia University|