In addition to recently discovering that the clitoris doesn’t age past 18 years (woot!), this fascinating piece on vaginas by Lissa Rankin on Psychology Today has me thinking that me and my gyno really need to get to know each other better. Seriously, other than maintaining your bikini-line or taking a look via a mirror and closed bathroom door every once in a while, how familiar are you really with your homegirl for life? Vaginas rock ladies, especially yours. Interestingly enough, the piece was originally penned for CBSNews.com as a counterpart to their wildly popular post called “15 Crazy Things About Sperm” – but after Lissa submitted it to the website and it posted, it was taken down by the company because it was “too saucy.” I guess some fells just can’t take the power of the pussy after all. Read on to see Lissa’s “saucy” breakdown:
1. Pubic hair is not just a biological accident that forces us to the waxing salon. It serves three critical functions. First, it protects the delicate vagina. Second, it serves as a reproductive billboard to alert potential mates that you are biologically (if not emotionally) prepared to procreate. And last, it’s a pheromone carpet and traps the scents that lead potential mates to the promised land. So you might think twice before you shave it all off. It’s there for a reason. Embrace it.
2. There are 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris, dedicated exclusively to female pleasure. The penis only has 4000. Who says God didn’t take care of us girls?
3. The average vagina is 3-4 inches long, but fear not if your guy is hung like a horse. The vagina can expand by 200% when sexually aroused, kind of like a balloon. Remember, the vagina was made to birth babies, so it’s exceedingly elastic. If you have pain when getting it on with someone large, you can use dilators to help stretch the vagina so you can accommodate the whole package.
4. The vagina doesn’t connect to the lung. While the vagina can expand, it’s not an open conduit to the abdominal cavity. While microscopic sperm can swim through a tiny hole in the cervix, a tampon simply won’t fit. So if you lose something in there, don’t worry. Reach in all the way and pull it out. Do not — I repeat, do not — go hunting for whatever you’ve lost with a pair of pliers. Think of your vagina as being like a sock. If you lose a banana in a sock…it stays in the sock.
5. Yes, it’s true — your vagina can fall out. Not to belabor the sock metaphor, but it can turn inside out just like a worn out sweat sock and hang between your legs as you get older. But don’t fret; this condition — called pelvic prolapse — can be fixed.
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