LETS START OFF WITH TWENTY BASIC FACTS ON YOUR VAG-JAY-JAY!
1. 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! Say what!
2. Vaginal discharge is normal. The character and amount of vaginal discharge varies throughout your menstrual cycle.
3. The size and shape of people’s genitals vary significantly from person-to-person. The vaginal lips, or labia, are often asymmetrical, and it is normal for each side to have its own shape.
The outside of the vagina contains:
- the labia majora or outer lips or skin folds
- the labia minora or inner lips or skin folds
Labial hypertrophy can affect both sets of labia, but it is more likely to change the labia minora or inner lips.
Hypertrophy in the labia majora may cause them to appear enlarged. Hypertrophy in the labia minora may cause them to stick out past the labia majora.
Labial hypertrophy is harmless. It does not impact a person’s sexual health and does not mean they have an underlying medical condition.
Many people have labial hypertrophy without knowing it, and most do not experience adverse symptoms.
4. A mans sperm can throw off your ph balance and also change the smell of your vagina.
5. Wearing panty liners is not necessary unless you require them for incontinence.
6. Vaginas are acidic enough to BLEACH fabric, hence the discoloration of underwear for some people.
7. It is not safe for vaginas to smell like sunshine – the best thing you can do for your vagina is to leave it alone.
8. Don’t douche and wash your vagina with products – Using a douche can upset the usual bacterial harmony in your vagina.
When you douche, you’re clearing out the normal bacteria that should be there, which kind of throws off the balance that helps to keep the vagina healthy.
That may be why douching has been linked to an increased risk of bacterial vaginosis, or the most common vaginal infection in women 15 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. BV is easily cleared up with antibiotics, but other potential douche-induced problems aren’t as easy to fix.
9. The vagina cleans itself!
Vagina helps to keep the pH level in balance and releases a liquid discharge which excretes the dead cells, infectious bacteria and other toxins of the body. The good pH level of the vagina lies between 3.8 to 4.5 and saves the vagina from various infections. Vaginal discharge, periods, sex and hormones, disturb the natural pH level of the vagina.
10. They are self lubricating.
11. Having sex has no correlation of how tight your vagina is. It lengthens during arousal, from an average length (i.e. depth) of 7 or 8 cm up to 10 or 11 cm. DID YOU KNOW? The vagina is home to about 5 inches’ worth of hidden clitoris! The clitoris is typically 9 to 11 cm long.
12. Yeast infections are normal.
13. It’s just one of the many places on a woman’s body that has the power to elicit an orgasm. Women can achieve orgasm from vaginal, clitoral and even nipple and perianal stimulation and Women can have multiple orgasms but I’ve never orgasmed and that’s okay.
14. If your vagina smells or your discharge has a ‘off odour’ and has a colour than go see your sexual health clinic – click here for information on what a healthy vagina should smell like.
15. First things first, vaginas can have whole human babies come out of them – if you didn’t know! The vagina can stretch to THREE TIMES its original size – in girth- to accomplish this unmatched feat.
16. Always urinate after sex to rinse the urinary tract of fluids that could be caught there and can cause UTIs.
17. Drink water.
Which drinks help to keep the vagina healthy and safe?
- Apple juice
- Watermelon juice
- Coconut water
- Orange juice
- Lemon water
18. Cotton panties ladies. Wearing silk, satin and lace seven days a week can throw your Ph off.
19. Also the Vagina is a natural sperm killer, except when you’re ovulating with the exception of a very high ph level. The vagina is an acidic place and it is not very sperm friendly. Vagina and sperm don’t get along. Sperm as to be very strong swimmers to ever get through the vagina, up the cervix, into the uterus through the fallopian tube to find the egg. If the little swimmers are not strong they won’t even make it to the cervix. Which is why is it hard for those who are trying to conceive to conceive.
20. Vaginas have their own workout gear as they are surrounded by muscles that you can flex and strengthen. Kegel exercises and items such as the INTIMINA items – which I’ve reviewed – help you work out the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vaginal canal. Stronger Kegels give you more intense contractions during orgasms. And you can work them on your own, any time, anywhere.
Why not check out 100 names for Vaginas!
Did you know?… Talcum powder could potentially cause cancer – check out this site with details on this! Myth or madness?
NOW YOU KNOW SOME FACTS LETS TALK ABOUT HOW TO GET CHECKED OUT WITH SMEARS!
Smear tests prevent 75% of cervical cancers, so while they may not be pleasant, they are important. There was a campaign in January 2019 to ensure every woman understands the importance of screening in preventing cervical cancer. The test, where cells are brushed from the walls of your cervix, is not usually painful but it can feel a bit awkward or uncomfortable.
Symptoms that could point to cervical cancer):
• Bleeding in between periods and after having sex
• Bleeding after the menopause
• Discoloured/unpleasant discharge
• Pain or discomfort during sex
If you have any of the above or any other symptoms that you are concerned with, please contact your GP straight away. It might not be anything, but it’s better to go. You’re not wasting anyone’s time.
The NHS has more information about cervical cancer.
Remember there is a helpline for any questions or concerns – to support you.
WHAT USUALLY HAPPENS?
The nurse or GP will ask you to lie down on the bed in the GP surgery and they will then put a speculum inside your vagina – this is to hold it open, so they can see what they are doing and then they insert a little flexible brush up there and take a small sample of cells.
NINE TIPS TO MAKE A SMEAR TEST BETTER FOR YOU:
Everyone’s experience is different, but knowing these tips before you go for cervical screening may help you feel more at ease:
- Book a longer or double appointment. If you think you may need more time during or after your test, check if your GP surgery offers it. Be prepared for your GP surgery’s receptionist to ask why you need a longer appointment and remember you do not have to disclose anything.
- Ask for a nurse or doctor of a particular gender – for example, a female nurse. If you have a nurse or doctor you trust, check with your GP surgery if they are able to do your test. I had a smear once and refused the male GP and had a female Practitioner I knew do it.
- Take someone you trust with you – it could be a friend, family member, partner or someone else. They can be in the waiting room or examination room with you to offer support. They may also be able to speak on your behalf about any worries.
- Talk to your nurse or doctor. If it is your first cervical screening, you feel embarrassed or worried, you have had a bad experience before, or you have experienced anything that makes the test hard for you, telling the person doing the test means they can try to give you the right support.
Even if you’re feeling tense, relax. If your muscles are relaxed it will make it easier for the nurse to collect cell samples from your cervix.
- Ask for a smaller speculum. Speculums come in different sizes, so if you find the standard size too uncomfortable, you can ask to try another size.
- If you have gone through or are going through the menopause, let your doctor or nurse know. As we get older, the opening of the vagina and vaginal walls become smaller and less able to stretch, which can make the test more uncomfortable. You can ask your nurse to give (prescribe) you a vaginal oestrogen cream or pessary, which may help.
Book your cervical screening appointment for the middle of your cycle so you’re not on your period – easier to be able to check cells.
- Ask to lie in a different position – lying on your back may feel uncomfortable for lots of reasons. You can ask to lie on your left hand side with your knees bent (left lateral position).
Undeniable fact: smear tests save lives.
New research suggests as many as 2,000 women are saved every year in England as a result.
But, experts say it could be many, many more if all women aged 25-64 in the UK took the test when invited – which is normally every three years.
THINGS NOT TO DO
Don’t use any creams, medication or lubricants in your vagina before your smear as these things can also get into the sample and make it difficult to see.
Even if you’ve had the HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination, still go for your cervical screening.
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus. It infects the skin and any moist membrane (mucosa), such as:
- the lining of the mouth and throat
- the cervix
- the vagina, vulva and anus (opening at the end of the back passage).
Most HPV infections are sexually transmitted, which can make some people feel worried or embarrassed. But it is nothing to be ashamed of. At some point during our lives, 4 out of 5 (80%) of us will get at least one type of HPV. In most cases, your immune system will get rid of HPV. HPV infections do not usually have any symptoms, so you may not even know you had it.
HPV lives on our skin, so it is easy to get and difficult to completely protect against. For more information click here.
So, book your appointment, wear your best knickers if you want and tell everyone! The more women who know, the more chance they are in going themselves.
A bikini wax is much more painful than a smear test!