10 Facts Every Woman Should Know, And Love, About Her Vagina

10 Facts Every Woman Should Know, And Love, About Her Vagina

Because health class just didn't cut it.

Basically, the only things you learn in health are one — don't have sex, two —i t bleeds, and three — yes, you can carry a baby. That's it.

For some reason, vaginas are a pretty taboo conversation in most cases, but as women (and men and human beings) it's important to know about our bodies and all the cool things they can do (besides grow life, which is cool, but you know that).

1. Your vagina self-cleans

That's right ladies, no need to use soap up in there, or a douche. Most doctors recommend that you don't use any soaps or anything with fragrance, even if they're labeled for vaginal use.

Harsh soaps can disrupt the natural pH balance of your vagina and cause more harm than good. To clean itself, women experience discharge which can occur before or after a period and is normally clear, whitish, sticky, thick and odorless. If your discharge is yellow, green, has an odor or is itchy, call your doctor ASAP, it could be a sign of an infection!

2. Your vagina is smart — it will let you know if something is wrong.

Look out for itching, irritation, bloody discharge, any funky smells, or anything that seems or feels different. But this is not an excuse to skip out on your annuals (bummer, I know) just because you aren't actively having symptoms of something, doesn't mean you shouldn't get routine care and check-ups!

3. Other than abstinence, implants and IUDs are the most effective forms of reversible birth control.

Both implants and IUDs are long-term and reversible forms of contraception, and both are over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy. That's why the American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended both options as the best choices for teenagers as a way to prevent pregnancy.

The implant is a matchstick-sized rod that a doctor has to insert into your arm. It releases the hormone progestin, which prevents ovulation and thickens your cervical mucus, making it less hospitable to sperm. It can last up to three years.

The IUD is a T-shaped device that a doctor inserts directly into your uterus. There are hormonal IUDs, and there is a non-hormonal copper version. IUDs can last for 3 to 12 years, depending on the type.

Worth noting: The implant and IUD do not protect against any STDs.

4. The vagina is tilted at roughly a 130-degree angle, this is why you have to insert tampons by aiming them at your back.

It's pretty interesting to know why we do things, but any health provider will tell you that this can change with time, causing women to change the angles in which they insert tampons.

5. People get stuff stuck in their Vaginas, actually often… BUT you can't actually lose anything up there (phew).

Statistically, women get tampons and condoms stuck up there and they can be hard to retrieve. So, if you get something stuck up there and you can't retrieve…whatever it is…from the lady parts you can absolutely go to the doctor. And you should, in gynecology, they've seen it all and they won't judge. Plus, getting help is better than getting hurt!

6. Your fallopian tubes are 4-5 inches long.

And only about .5 cm in diameter. Inside them, are papillae or little hairs that help move eggs through them.

7. A doctor once removed a potato that started sprouting vines out of a patient's vagina.

The patient told the doctor her mother said it would prevent pregnancy. In that case, mother didn't always know best.

Apparently, you can grow a potato in your vagina, I wouldn't recommend it though (obvious reasons).

8. Vaginas (and vulvas) come in all shapes, sizes, and colors.

There's no such thing as a "normal" vagina in terms of appearance so you just embrace your lady parts because they are just as unique as you are!

9. Your menstrual blood could help patients suffering from heart failure.

An ERC (endometrial regenerative cells) congestive heart failure phase II clinical trial is currently testing the safety of the ERC, or "stem cells," to treat congestive heart failure patients. Stem cells are extracted from the blood and then grown in culture to generate different types of cells in the body.

In this case, the stem cells are made into muscle cells of the heart, for reparative purposes in these patients. This is an experimental foreign study and is not something that is being done routinely, but yes, it could help patients suffering from heart failure.

10. Vaginas are epic (duh!)

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F*ck The Friendzone, You're Just Salty You Can't Sleep With Them

"Friend zone" only exists as a refuge for bitter, cock-blocked "pals" who couldn't smash.

Ah, the friendzone, a land teeming with potential boyfriends, girlfriends, and various folk (unsuccessfully) searching for romantic partners in their friends. Nice Guy Syndrome™ runs rampant here, convincing each member of the friend zone that their refusal is due solely to the "bitch" in their love interest, coaxing them into only liking "bad guys" or deeming their friend "too intimidating" to date.

Have no fear, bud! Hundreds of serious tips and tricks exist to "escape" the friendzone, including altering your thoughts and/or actions to show how much of a "lovable person" you are, subtle flirting, and sensual touching (whatever that's supposed to mean).

This is all, however, bullshit, as the "friendzone" only exists as a refuge for bitter, cock-blocked "pals" who couldn't smash.

You see, in my twenty years of living, I have yet to hear somebody refer to the mystical friendzone with a positive connotation.

It's always:

"How can he NOT like me, we've been best friends for years! He shouldn't have led me on if he just wants to be friends."
"They just friend zoned me! There must be something wrong with them, how could they not want to date me?"
"I've been so nice to her, she owes me a date! What a bitch."


"I am a true friend, and respect their decision to decline my advances. Everybody has their own preferences, and it's okay if I don't meet theirs. I still appreciate their companionship, and hope nothing changes too seriously."

The problem here lies in the notion that all relationships lie in a tier system, and that moving "up" is a reward while remaining stagnant or moving "down" is a punishment. The friendzone implies that being in a platonic friendship where romantic and sexual attraction are both lacking on one party's side while existing on the other's, is borderline abuse to the person being kept from advancing up the tier.

If the ultimate goal is the combination of a healthy romantic and sexual relationship, typically what we consider when we think of having a significant other, then being trapped in the "friendzone" inhibits us from achieving this.

But, what are we really missing when we're cornered in the friendzone? After all, a healthy "significant other" type of relationship is said to exist most easily when the folks involved are already best friends, or quickly become them. The only significant change between the relationship of "friends" and "significant others" is the addition of a sexual or otherwise intimate component.

Therefore, if you've been friendzoned, there's a couple of things that may have contributed.

You may not be as close to this person as you think. Remember, it's called the "friendzone," not the "person-I-just-met-who's-creepily-asking-me-out zone." If this is the case, the individual you've approached has every right to deny your advances without your complaints of yet again being rejected.

Your romantic/sexual interest may not harbor the same feelings and attractions for you. Every person has their own preferences, and permitted these preferences are all legal and moral, every person has the right to pursue or abstain from entering a relationship, especially if they aren't romantically or sexually attracted to another individual. If this is the case, you're just salty because you can't sleep with them, and that says far more about you than the person who turned you down.

Life is not a romantic comedy. You are not guaranteed a relationship with somebody simply because you're friends, regardless of how long the friendship has existed. Quit complaining of being "trapped" in the non-existent friendzone simply because you can't sleep with somebody.

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FYI, When A Guy Says 'Don't Worry, I Was Tested Last Week,' It's Probably BS

If you want to have a little fun with the rando in the corner, remember: no glove, no love.

While at lunch with all my girlfriends, the topic of STDs came up. One of the girls said she was with a guy last night, and she asked him approximately 22 different times if he had any STDs.

Each time, he answered with "of course not" or "no, I was just tested." I, being a human lie-detector and currently an anti-boy activist, quickly called BS on the situation. What are the odds he was actually just tested?

I'm thinking, not very high.

After laughing in my friend's face, I realized the mess of this situation. I should have actually been laughing at my own self. We, as heterosexual females, will always be in this situation.

What is the "situation" you might ask? STDs and STIs. Whether you are waiting for the perfect guy or just want to have fun, you will be faced with the problem: does he have an STD or STI?

The conversation needs to be had, even if you just met the guy in the bar 10 minutes earlier.

The reality is that most women are tested for STIs/STDs regularly, while most men do not get tested. If the question of whether or not you have an STD/STI is asked, then, the lies or avoidance of the question is often followed.

Is it because the person is embarrassed or do they know that they will not "get anything" if they admit the truth?

One in two sexually active persons will contract an STI by age 25. This statistic is scary because, why should this be us? Women oftentimes contract these diseases or infections because their partner did not admit the truth.

If you knew you had this situation, why would you want it to spread? Yes, maybe that's just how I think, but it seems pretty reasonable to have the desire to control diseases/infections, especially if they are life-threatening.

I think it's most likely because you do not know about your situation, maybe because you have not been tested.

There are about 20 million new sexually transmitted infections occur every year, accounting for almost $16 billion in health care costs annually.

What scares me the most is, who can you believe? The spread of STDs and STIs is growing rapidly through young people. Ladies, make sure you know who you are involving yourself with. If you want to have a little fun with the rando in the corner, remember: no glove, no love.

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