It’s easy to assume that every woman knows what’s going on down there, meaning their vagina. We all seem to understand the tit bits that are part and parcel of the “flower” and well we can never learn enough right? Here are a few facts and study information from doctors about the Vijay-jay.
1. The clitoris is not a button — it’s more like a wishbone.
When most people think of the clitoris, they think of the small visible part. But research indicates that it actually has branches that extend down underneath the skin, along either side of the vulva, kind of in a wishbone shape. “These branches can potentially be stimulated from the outside.
2. What you think is your vagina is probably actually your vulva.
The vulva refers to the outside, visible parts of your genitalia. It encompasses basically everything you can see — the labia, the clitoris, the urethra, the vaginal opening, and so on — and it’s usually what most people mean when they say “vagina.”
The vagina, on the other hand, is the muscular passageway that connects the vulva to the cervix.
3. Vaginas (and vulvas) come in lots of different shapes, sizes, and colors.
There’s a good deal of variation from person to person, and there’s no such thing as a “standard” vulva — and that’s according to science.
4. When aroused, the vagina can expand to around twice its normal size.
Unaroused, the average vagina is about three to four inches deep. But during sex it can expand to about twice as big, Dr. Herbenick told BuzzFeed Life. That’s partially because of a process called vaginal tenting, which is what happens when you get aroused. “When women become aroused, there’s more muscular tension in the body,” Dr. Herbenick says. “That muscular tension draws the uterus upward, creating more space in the vagina lengthwise.”
5. Your vagina won’t be noticeably different after you have babies.
There is actually no statistical difference in average recorded vaginal size between women who’ve had babies and women who haven’t.
6. The G-spot maybe doesn’t actually exist.
At least not in the sense that there is a button in your vagina that, when pressed, = orgasm. It’s a bit more complex than that (surprise!).
First, some G-spot background: For years, researchers have known that there’s an area about an inch or two up on the inside front wall of the vagina (the side closest to your belly button) that is associated with intense pleasure. That’s why men’s magazines love to recommend that your partner should insert a finger into your vagina and make a “come hither” motion to stimulate it.
7. Feeling like you have to pee during sex, even though you just went? That’s normal.
About that clitourethrovaginal complex… well, it can mean that sometimes your partner might be stimulating your urethra (or even bladder) during sex, which can potentially make you feel like you’ve gotta pee.
There’s also a thing called nerve cross-talk, which is where so much is going on down there that your nerves can become confused about what exactly it is they’re experiencing, Dr. Herbenick told BuzzFeed Life. “It might feel like you have to pee, but you’re actually just becoming aroused,” she says.
8. Your birth control pill can impact how wet you’re able to get.
So can breastfeeding and menopause. That’s because your vagina’s ability to lubricate is partially tied to estrogen levels. The lower your estrogen levels, the harder it is to get wet naturally.
9. Using lube will make sex much more pleasurable for you, according to science.
Lube is way underappreciated.
10. Roughly 16% of women say they’ve never had an orgasm during intercourse.
And from the same study, about 20 to 30% of women say they only reached orgasm during sex about one in four times…or fewer.
11. About 30% of women felt some pain during their most recent sexual experience.
There are some women who experience chronic pain from sex, like those who suffer from a condition called vulvodynia. But it is also incredibly common for women to occasionally and unpredictably feel pain while having sex — like if your partner rams your cervix, or if the fit is too tight, or you aren’t quite lubricated enough, Dr. Herbenick says. The good news is that most of these reasons are preventable: For example, you can ask your partner to switch to a more comfortable position; you can use lube; or you can ask for foreplay to last longer, so that you can become fully aroused and your vagina can be fully prepared for penetration.
12. Condoms don’t actually make sex worse or less pleasurable.
Straight women are just as likely to report having orgasms when their partner uses a condom as when he goes without, according to research from the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), conducted by experts at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
13. To increase your odds of having an orgasm, mix it up in bed.
Research from the NSSHB shows that women who combine a variety of sex “acts” in one session (as in penetration + hands + oral) are more likely to report having orgasms than people who just stick to one sex act.
14. The older you are, the less likely you are to remove your pubic hair.
In a 2010 study of 2,451 women, researchers found that age was a major predictor of how much pubic hair women removed. For example, 18- to 24-year-olds were the most likely to report going totally hair-free; 25- through 49-year-olds were all most likely to list “some removal, not total”; and the majority of women over 50 said they didn’t do any hair removal at all.
15. There is not really a “normal” amount of discharge to have.
Vaginal discharge amounts vary from person to person, and what’s normal for you might not be normal for your friend, Dr. Dweck says. Also, your discharge amount can change depending on what time of the month it is, if you have an infection, and if you’re on birth control. It also changes in consistency, color, and smell, depending on all of these things.
16. Your vagina will actually let you know when you’re most fertile.
The cervical mucus will become clear and stretchy during ovulation, Dr. Dweck says. You’ll probably also notice more of it than usual.
17. Your vagina will also let you know if there’s something wrong.
Things to look out for, according to Dr. Dweck: Itching and irritation. Bloody discharge that isn’t related to your period. Discharge that smells foul, or that is noticeably different from what you normally experience. Changes in smell, consistency, amount… If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you should definitely go see a health care provider.
18. The vagina is tilted at roughly a 130-degree angle, which is why you have to insert tampons by aiming them at your back.
THAT said, things change with time. “The vaginal angle flattens a bit, which may make vaginal intercourse feel different to women as they age and go through menopause.
19. People get things stuck in their vaginas sometimes. Actually, often.
Most common are condoms and tampons, which can be tough to retrieve on your own. If this happens to you, and you can’t get… whatever it is… out by yourself, you can absolutely go to the doctor to get it out for you.
20. …but you can’t actually lose something in there. Whew!
The cervical wall will block anything sizeable from migrating into your body. “It’s not going anywhere,” Dr. Dweck says. “It’ll remain at the top of your vagina at the cervix, and it’ll be retrieved.”
Hope this has refreshed your memory ladies or you learnt something new.