More than being the entryway to the female reproductive system, the vagina is the gatekeeper for female health. Every woman’s body is different and so is every vagina.
One woman’s may be acidic while another’s is more alkaline. Simple care is all a vagina needs.
Vagina myths have been around for generations. Here are the top 5 myths about vaginal care.
You need to clean your vagina with special products
The truth is that the vagina is designed to clean itself, and adding in harsh products may do more harm than good. When you start adding tons of fragrant products or douches in particular, you disturb the natural balance of microbes that are supposed to be in the vagina, these products may cause irritation and itching, for starters, and they can also increase the likelihood of yeast and bacterial infections in people who are prone to them. Clean the vulva the external genitalia using a mild soap and warm water.
Tampons can get “lost” inside your body
Technically this isn’t possible. A tampon cannot get lost inside the female body. At the back of the vagina is the cervix, and the opening of the cervix is too small for a tampon to pass through. A tampon can move further inside the vagina, but the tampon cannot become lost inside the body.
However, women often will forget to remove a tampon and it can get lost in the sense that they can’t get it out. “It basically gets caught up in the top of the vagina and the string is no longer easily felt.
If there is no hymen, she is not a virgin
While a hymen typically tears during sex for the first time, this is not always the case. Exercise and tampon use can also tear the hymen. In fact, some people are even born without one. On the flip side, a female can have sex with the hymen remaining intact. The hymen is very elastic and can stretch.
Your vagina will get loose if you have a lot of sex
Jokes about vaginal looseness have long been used to shame people for engaging in sexual activity. But the vagina doesn’t become permanently “stretched” if you have a lot of sex.
“Even though the vagina may seem a little tighter in certain instances or looser in certain instances, it is an incredible organ in the sense that it is highly elastic and accommodating.
There’s something wrong with you if you don’t have orgasms from vaginal sex
A lot of women do not experience orgasms from vaginal intercourse itself. In one recent study, only 18% of women surveyed said intercourse alone could give them an orgasm.
Many women need some kind of clitoral stimulation to make it happen. If you happen to fall into that camp, you’re not weird. You’ve got lots of company.
Besides, some sex researchers and doctors argue that there’s no such thing as a “vaginal orgasm” anyway. Instead, they say, every female orgasm happens because of direct or indirect stimulation of the clitoris. This makes more sense once you know that most of the clitoris is hidden inside of the body.