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10 Unknown Facts About The Vagina That Will Surprise You

10 Unknown Facts About The Vagina That Will Surprise You

Most of our knowledge about the vagina is passed over by our friends or parents. However, many of them are just assumptions and do have any scientific evidence. Here are 10 unknown facts that will help you have a better understanding of this sexual organ.

We may be grown up adults who might be sure of the knowledge we possess. But we often get carried away by myths and beliefs that are not entirely true. One subject we think we know everything about is the vagina. Women - and men - believe that they know all there is know about the female organ, but truth be told, there is so much that you don't know, and much of it will surprise you. Here are some of those undiscovered secrets:

1. Vaginas have a smell

So if you expected vaginas to smell like some fruity perfume or have no smell, you are wrong. It's normal for vaginas to have a tangy smell.  The vagina contains an army of specialized bacteria that helps in maintaining a healthy and balanced pH level. Just like any other bacteria, the ones down in the vagina too have a smell. However, an unusual scent that is odd or pungent should be attended to immediately.

2. Vaginas get deeper when aroused

This may sound surprising to a lot of people but vaginas have the ability to elongate. A normal vagina may be between 3 to 6 inches long, and 1 to 2.5 inches wide, however when aroused, the upper portion of the vagina elongates. It also makes way for penetration by pushing the cervix and the uterus deeper into the body.

3. Vaginas can change color 

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When a woman is aroused, the vagina and the vulva change color. The blood that rushes down to these organs makes the skin appear darker. Once the body is sexually satisfied, it returns back to its normal shade.

4. Women cannot orgasm from vaginal penetration alone

According to a study, most women cannot orgasm from vaginal penetration alone. About 80 percent of women claim that the key to orgasm is the clitoris. There are some who can achieve both vaginal and clitoral orgasm at the same time. This is called a “blended orgasm." However, not all women experience orgasms, though they might be perfectly healthy.

5. The clitoris is more sensitive than a penis

The penis is a very sensitive sexual organ and has around 4000 nerve endings. You will be amazed to know that the clitoris often labeled as the "hard to find" has double the number of nerve endings than a penis. With 8000 nerve endings, the clitoris surely deserves all the attention.

6. You cannot lose a tampon, menstrual cup or anything in your vagina

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A lot of women stay away from using a tampon because they are scared it will get lost in the depths of the vagina. However, facts say that it is impossible. The cervix located at the end of your vagina dilates and opens only during childbirth and therefore remains closed during the rest of the time. So losing a tampon or anything in the vagina is out of the question. However, forgetting a tampon in the vagina for days might lead to fatal health issues like toxic shock syndrome. Consulting a doctor in such cases is necessary.

7. Vaginal weight lifting is a thing

This may sound like a joke but it is yet another unknown secret. The act of inserting an anchor into the vagina that is attached with some weights on a string is called vaginal weightlifting. This workout is meant to strengthen the pelvic floor. Kim Anami, sex and relationship coach, is an advocate for the exercise. She believes that vaginal strengthening can contribute to longer and better sex.

8. Tearing of vaginas during childbirth is normal

It might sound scary but vaginas do tear during childbirth. According to a study, 79% of vaginal childbirths include tearing or would require the medical practitioner to make an incision. This is usually done to aid the birth-giving process. However, the vagina has the ability to get back to normal and can heal quicker than any other body part.

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9. Does the elusive "G-spot" exist?

We have heard so much about the G-spot that we are in a pressure to actually locate it. But to our surprise, a study conducted in 2017 failed to locate the G-spot and also found that only less than a quarter women experienced orgasm with vaginal penetration. As there is no strong evidence for the existence of this "G-spot," your clitoris and its internal network may be responsible for the climax.

10. You can get wet without being sexually aroused

According to us if the vagina is wet, it means the body craves for sexual connection but what we don't know is that the vagina can be wet for a bunch of reasons. The hormones present in the female body is responsible for the secretion of cervical mucus. Along with this, the vulva also has a great concentration of sweat glands that contribute to the wetness. Therefore the wetness in the vagina cannot be considered as a signal of consent.

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/vagina-vulva-facts#10

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29198508

https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/News-Room/News-Releases/2016/Ob-Gyns-Can-Prevent-and-Manage-Obstetric-Lacerations

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1346530

https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/vagina-smells#1

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/12-crazy-amazing-facts-about-the-clitoris_b_7501188

https://www.healthline.com/health/womens-health/lopsided-vagina#color

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.