And why every woman should know them
The human body is one complicated machine and it pays to know how it works—especially your most delicate parts. So here, a list of mind-blowing facts about your southern region that will blow your mind and, well, keep your worries at bay.
The Vagina Self Cleans
Through clear, thick and odorless discharge that is, which comes before and after your period. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wash the outside (otherwise known as your labia)!
Tip: Professionals recommend washing with super gentle soap and water, and to dry the area after showering to prevent excess moisture.
Each Has Its Own Distinct Smell
Vaginas all smell differently and your scent depends on what you eat, personal hygiene and how much you sweat. But when it starts to smell fishy down there, go see your doctor, ASAP!
Sometimes You Need To Go Commando
Speaking of smells, maybe all you need to do is switch to cotton underwear or let your vag breathe. But if you do the latter, you may want to go underwear-free at home.
Also called queefing, your vagina farts when it sucks in air and blows it back out, thus making the fart-like noise. Not to worry though, it’s odorless!
Here’s How The Vag Gets Turned On
While our lady parts don’t get hard, they do expand as much as 200% when we get turned on.
Not All Lady Parts Have Hymens Inside Them
Not all women are born with hymens and for those who have them, the thickness varies from person to person.
Your Vagina Is A Muscle and Thus Needs Exercise
No, it doesn’t get loose (unless you’ve popped out a baby which may then affect its elasticity). But it usually returns to its usual tightness and could use some toning up just like every other muscle in our body.
Kegels 101: You can do this in any position (even while working!), but if it’s your first time, try it lying down. Tighten your pelvic floor muscles, hold contraction for five seconds and relax for another five then work your way up to ten. Do it four to
five times in a row, and remember to contract only your pelvic floor muscles and breathe! Repeat three times.
Your Southern Region Is Like Fine Wine
The normal pH for vaginas is 3.8 to 4.5 while most wines pH fall around 3.0 or 4.0. Meanwhile, a good red should be about 3.3 to 3.6 and for whites, 3.0 to 3.4. Pretty cool, huh?
If there’s a cause for concern, it’s always best to see your doctor. Besides, we owe to ourselves to ensure that every part of our body is in tip-top shape.
Art Alexandra Lara