4 Vagina Facts You’ll Want To Tell All Your Friends
1. Your vulva is not your vagina, but we know what you mean
The vagina is a 3- to 6-inch-long muscular canal that runs from the cervix, the lower part of the uterus, to the outside of the body. The vulva is all the outer stuff — including the labia, urethra, clitoris, and vaginal opening.
You should know the difference because it’s empowering to understand your body’s anatomy and because it might be helpful or even necessary to distinguish between the two — for example, when fooling around with a partner.
2. Most people can’t orgasm from vaginal penetration alone
Sorry, Freud. A little over 18 percent of vagina owners say they can reach orgasm from penetration alone. For the other 80 percent, the key orgasmic ingredient is the clitoris.
Some people can experience both a vaginal and clitoral orgasm at the same time, also called a “blended orgasm,” which may sound rare but it’s totally achievable. There are also plenty of perfectly healthy bodies that rarely or never get all the way to orgasm.
3. Not all people with vaginas are women
Genitalia is not an indicator of gender and it can be harmful to assume so.
There are many people who have a vagina who aren’t women. They may identify as a man or nonbinary.
4. Vaginas do tear during childbirth, but this is normal
Hold the horror movie instrumentals — this is a normal part of childbirth and your body is designed to bounce back.
Upwards of 79 percent of vaginal deliveries include tearing or require an incision. These “injuries” can be minor tears or a longer cut (called an episiotomy) made intentionally by a healthcare provider when, for example, the baby is positioned feet-first or the delivery needs to happen faster.
Scary? Yes. Insurmountable? Not by a long shot.
Your vagina is resilient and, due to ample blood supply, actually heals quicker than other parts of the body.