How well do you really know your vagina? I know that sounds like an odd question, but think about it. Are you pretty well acquainted with your lady parts or could you use an anatomy lesson from Orange Is The New Black’s Sophia Burset?
Safe to say, most of us could benefit from a little V-education. These are the most random facts we could find about vaginas and we guarantee there’s at least one that will surprise you.
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1. The word “vagina” means “sheath for a sword.”
Get it? *Wink Wink, nudge nudge* The Latin root literally means a “sword holder.” Though that’s obviously not the only thing our lady parts are used for, it’s pretty clever if you think about it.
2. When you’re aroused, you’re vagina doubles in size.
A woman’s vagina has the ability to change sizes at many points in her life, duh. But did you know that during sexual arousal, tenting causes expansion of the upper two-thirds of the vagina? This is also used to facilitate the movement of sperm up into the cervix.
3. Some women are born without a hymen.
The majority of women are born with hymens of varying shapes and sizes. However, if you don’t have one you’d probably never know it because it doesn’t have any effect on your sex life. This is why not everyone bleeds their first time and even if they do it could be due to other factors.
4. Your vagina cannot get looser just because you have a lot of sex.
According to Dr. Justin J. Lehmiller, Ph.D. and author of the blog Sex and Psychology, “the vagina naturally becomes looser when women are sexually aroused in order to prepare for intercourse — but after sex, everything goes back to its normal state. What does cause vaginal looseness? Older age and (for some women) childbirth.” So you do you, boo boo.
5. It’s possible for your vagina to fall out.
According to Everyday Health, vaginal prolapse happens when the vagina falls from its normal location inside the pelvis toward the opening of the vagina. In severe cases it can actually protrude outside of the body. This can happen after childbirth or after menopause from lack of pelvic support, but it’s rare and repairable with surgery. What the fuck…
6. Vaginas and sharks have something in common.
Believe it or not, both contain the substance squalene. It exists in shark livers and is a natural vaginal lubricant. What in the actual? So, we’re essentially part shark…kind of. This substance is also found in olive oil.
7. Your vagina has the same pH level as a glass of wine.
The normal vaginal pH is 3.8 to 4.5. Most wines’ pH fall around 3.0 or 4.0; about 3.0 to 3.4 is desirable for white wines, while about 3.3 to 3.6 is best for reds. All the more reason to uncork another bottle, right?