Women's Health

5 Vagina Facts You Should Know

There are some common misconceptions when it comes to vaginal health. Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to your own body. Read below for five health facts about the vagina that women should know.

1.  The Vagina Is Only Part Of The Reproductive System

The vagina is only a small, and specific, part of the female reproductive system. It includes the external female genitalia, aka the vulva, and the tube that connects from the vulva to the cervix. It’s not the full system.

2. The Vagina Cleans Itself

Using all those overly scented soaps and perfumes can mess with the pH of the vagina. Think of the vagina as an existing ecosystem, and when you introduce new things into it, it gets thrown off.  The already existing bacteria helps to keep the system regulated, so anything more than a wash with water may cause infections, rashes, and major discomfort.

3. Things Can’t Go Missing in the Vagina

It’s not an endless chasm; the vagina does have an end point. Objects such as tampons cannot get lost in the vagina and float around elsewhere in the body. They can, however, get stuck in a wall, and be difficult to remove. Your OBGYN should be able to help you with that should it occur. 

4. You Can Exercise It 

While the vagina itself is not something that can be exercised, the pelvic floor can. The pelvic floor is the group of muscles that support the bladder, bowel, and the vagina. Kegel exercises may help with bladder control and intensify orgasms. 

5. Vaginas Have Natural Smells

It is normal for the vagina to have a mild odor. There are different reasons why the vagina might smell and most are not need for concern. In fact, douching or using vaginal products to mask smells can potentially make odors worse or cause irritation. However, if there is a fishy smell or strong odor, it could indicate a problem and should be discussed with your doctor.

Knowing as much as you can about your vagina will help you care for it and understand how it works so it can do its best for you. Contact Women’s Medical Associates of Nashville to schedule an appointment regarding any questions or concerns you may have about your vaginal health.