Women are wonderful for all different kinds of reasons– thet're smart, resourceful, sensitive, strong, and all of the above. Still, one of the biggest things they've got going for them? The vagina, an amazing biological feat that exists below the belt line.
Let's not pull any punches here: The vagina is weird, wonderfully complex sex organ that's just as nuanced as the people who have them. As common as they might seem, vaginas hold all kinds of secrets and tricks that you probably didn't learn about in health class.
Below, we explore a few things that make the vagina so special, and it's certainly not the typical stuff that you'd expect. From size expansion to diverse orgasms to wacky wonderful healing powers, there's simply no limit to what the vagina can do. Leave your boring, sex-ed-approved thoughts about the vagina at the door, and enter into a world of vaginal madness that will surely delight and mystify. #7 is actually kind of mind-blowing.
#1. It expands during sex.
It’s called vaginal tenting, and it’s when the inner two-thirds of your vagina increase in length and width when you’re aroused. That explains why when you’re, say, putting a tampon in, it can feel uncomfortable — but during sex, you’re ready to go.
#2. Not all vaginas are created equal.
They come in all shapes and sizes. For example, some clitorises are quite close to the vaginal opening, while others are further apart. Labia also tend to be quite diverse.
#3. The vagina is the first to know when it's time to get pregnant.
Unsurprisingly, the vaginal is very receptive to ovulation. During that time of the month, the cervical mucus during ovulation is clear, rubbery, and stretchy.
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#4. When it comes to vaginas, there is no normal.
As we mentioned before, they come in all different shapes and sizes. So, remember: There’s no wrong or right way to have one.
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#5. It's basically a pleasure palace.
The vagina is a complicated beast: You can actually have four different kinds of orgasms. What are they? Clitoral, vaginal, blended, and multiple — and let’s not forget about the good ol’ G-spot.
#6. The clitoris is very, very, very sensitive.
The clitoris has more nerve endings than anywhere else on the body — 8,000 more nerve endings than the penis, to be exact.
#7. Your diet can affect your vaginal smell.
Though there isn’t too much research on the topic, anecdotal evidence suggests that your scent can vary during ovulation and even when you eat something pungent like garlic. Some say that when you eat pineapple, your vagina smells (and tastes) pretty good.
#8. It can handle a pretty intense workout.
Kegels are seriously effective at strengthening the surrounding pelvic floor muscles for more intense orgasms — and if you’ve got a vagina, you should be exercising it just as much as the rest of your body.
#9. It bounces back quickly.
If you don’t believe us, we’ve got one word for you: Childbirth. A10-plus-pound baby can come through it, and it goes back to normal. Sure, the healing process takes six months — but considering what it has gone through, that’s pretty impressive.
#10. It's pretty damn impressive.
Think about it: It brings pleasure, pain, and can even bring atn being. In short, it’s pretty awe-inspiring. That’s why we think it’s crucial to stay on top of everything going on below the belt.