Vagina

Ever since those first sexual education classes back in middle school, people are given basic information on what is a vagina. However, as they grow up, they realize that its importance goes beyond what we were taught so many years ago. Starting with basic information first, Clitoris.com believes that it’s important to understand that the female reproductive system is made up two types or organs: internal and external. Externally, one can find the vulva, the labia, the clitoris and the urethra. The Fallopian tubes, the ovaries, the cervix and the vagina can be found internally.

The vagina is a muscular tract located at the end of the vulva, behind the urethra opening, and has a reddish-pink color. It is lined by ridges on the wall to provide enough place to expand and stretch. While its measurements vary according to each person, the vagina is from 2.5 to 3 in in the frontal wall and about 2.5 in the rear wall. An important characteristic of the vagina is its elasticity, as it’s able to expand in both width and length during sexual intercourse and during child-birth.

The vagina has numerous functions: for child-birth, as a secretion path, and finally for sexual activity. During child-birth, it expands significantly, opening up enough so that the baby can exit the body. The vagina also plays an important part as a secretion path, especially as a way for women’s menstruation to exit the body, as well as tissues. However, this organ is especially important during sexual intercourse. At this moment, there are two main organs that play an important role: the vagina and the vulva. When there is sexual arousal, the vagina starts to lubricate so that penetration is easier and won’t cause any injuries. During sexual arousal, the vulva will undergo changes as well: as sexual arousal increases, it will start to swell and may experience lubrication as well. In the vulva, one can also find the clitoris. By stimulating the clitoris, vaginal lubrication will also increase. When the vulva starts to swell, the clitoris will also start to swell, as it has similar characteristics to the male penis, meaning it becomes erected and engorged during sexual arousal, and even more right before female orgasm. The vagina, the vulva and the clitoris are all very sensitive parts, especially because they have several nerve endings that make them very susceptible to any type of stimulation. Of these three organs, one of the most sensitive ones is the clitoris. When the clitoris is properly stimulated, it may even give a women an orgasm, thus making it an aid during sexual intercourse, especially for those women who have problems reaching an orgasm only through penetration.

When it comes to personal hygiene, it’s important to consider that, since it’s an internal organ, the vagina is self-cleaning and, during normal circumstances, does not need any type of treatment or special cleaning techniques. While some women might believe that douching is the best way to stay clean, most doctors recommend them not to do this. Douching, or vaginal irrigation, can vary the its normal conditions and might actually enhance chances of getting an infection. When it comes to external organs, such as the vulva and the clitoris, if a women chooses to do, these organs can be cleansed gently using a non-scented soap bar or a specially designed liquid soap. As a hygiene measure, women sometimes trim their vulva and, even clitoris, to avoid infections, though it is more of a personal decision rather than a medical recommendation.
If a women is concern about any issues concerning their vagina, vulva, clitoris or any other part of their reproductive system like having an itchy vagina, vagina discharge or vaginal pain, it’s best to visit a trusted gynecologist and clear all possible doubts. Also, it’s important to always practice safe sex to avoid an unwanted pregnancy or getting an sexually transmitted disease (STD).