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10 things every woman should know about her vagina

1. Guess what? Your vagina is actually your vulva

Most people get confused with the vagina and vulva. The vulva refers to the external organs outside of your body – these are the visible parts of your genitalia and they include the labia, clitoris, urethra and vaginal opening. As you can see now, what most people think is the vagina, is actually the vulva. The vagina is inside the body and connects the vulva to the cervix – it is also known as the birth canal.
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2. Your vagina cleans itself

Yes, this is true! There is no need for harsh or heavily scented soaps, shower gels and douches to wash or clean the inside of your lady parts. Every vagina cleans itself with discharge. Who knew? The vagina consists of several glands that produce fluids needed to cleanse and lubricate the vaginal area. These secretions then flush out excess water and bacteria to keep your vagina super clean. You only really need to wash the outside part of the vagina using a mild and scent-free soap.
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3. Vaginas have their own signature scent

Your vagina has its own very special smell ! Like body odour, this varies from woman to woman.  Every vagina’s scent becomes stronger around your menstrual cycle and tends to be acidic before your period and sharper afterwards. You may also be aware of your vaginal scent during sex or after you’ve had a heavy workout at the gym. This happens because you’ve worked up a sweat and are producing natural lubrication which may be a a little smelly. Some women even say that if they eat garlic or strong smelling foods, it smells pungent down there.  But don’t worry – the scent of a healthy vagina is not something you need to disguise or ‘get rid’ of!
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4. No need to douche

Here’s another reason why it’s not necessary to douche. Your vagina has its own special smell and that is why there is no need to disguise it with scented douches or soaps. Many women douche because they believe it feels cleaner and fresher down there. Unfortunately, this is not so! Scented douches, bath oils and shower gels contain chemicals which irritate the vagina and also strip the natural lubricants and healthy bacteria. As a result, all the good bacteria are  stripped away and this leaves you more prone to yeast infections and thrush, which can be accompanied by an unpleasant odour, discharge and itching. 

Choose natural products which are free of artificial chemicals and colourants such as Feelgood Health’s Candidate to treat recurring yeast infections. Candidate is a herbal remedy which contains antifungal and anti-bacterial properties and effectively helps the body to eliminate yeast overgrowth. If you’ve experienced vaginal itching, then you will know how awfully uncomfortable it is! We have a wonderfully, soothing remedy aptly called Colloidal Silver Cream to relieve that nagging itch and irritation.Colloidal Silver Cream has antimicrobial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and antibiotic properties to relieve itching, burning discomfort and  discharge and odour associated with yeast infections. The next time you have a yeast infection, use these two products to keep your vagina happy and healthy.
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5. Your vagina expands when aroused

Your vagina can expand during sex to around twice its normal size. The average vagina is approximately 3 to 4 inches deep (that’s 7.6cm) when unaroused. When aroused, there is more muscular tension in the body and this causes the uterus to pull upward making the vagina wider and longer.  This process is called VAGINAL TENTING. There is now more space in the vagina and it can comfortably accommodate a penis or sex toy.
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6. It’s okay to use lubrication

Many women may experience vaginal dryness and need to use lube during sex. Vaginal dryness can cause sex to be painful and uncomfortable which is usually as a result of a lack of foreplay. As women age and during and after menopause, their natural vaginal lubrication may also be affected. The reason for this is that after menopause your estrogen levels decline and therefore it becomes harder for your vagina to lubricate itself. Luckily, there are natural lubricants to help you out! If your libido has taken a bit of a dive, add Thanda Passion Booster to spice up your sex life. This herbal remedy will enhance sexual pleasure and increase orgasmic strength allowing you to enjoy sex whenever you want to.
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7. Not as tight as it used to be

Are you worried that your vagina is not as tight as it was before childbirth? Will your vagina ever be the same? Moms often complain about their vagina being loose after they’ve had kids. If you want to tighten up a bit, it’s time to start doing vaginal exercises. Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and help your vagina to stay toned and taut. Doing Kegels for five minutes three times per day during pregnancy and after birth will help to get your vagina back to pre-birth shape and size. You can even practice your Kegels while you are sitting at your desk at work (no one will ever know!)
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8. You can’t lose things in your vagina

You must have heard little anecdotes about things like a tampon or condom getting lost in your vagina. Ladies, this is definitely not possible! Lots of women still think that if they insert a tampon inside their vaginas, they may never see it again. There is no way that anything can go missing because the cervix blocks off access into the uterus making it absolutely impossible for anything to escape through. If by any chance, something gets lodged in your vagina, your doctor or gynae will be able to pull it out.
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9.  Your vagina wrinkles with age

Your face isn’t the only thing that wrinkles age. Your vagina starts to develop wrinkles when you reach your mid forties and fifties. The skin loses muscle tone and the labia becomes less plump because less estrogen is produced in the body. The fatty pads in the labia shrink because collagen production decreases and this leads to wrinkles. The skin of the vulva also becomes lighter or darker in colour as you age. This is all part of the normal aging process and while it does sound a bit scary, don’t worry too much about it – none of these changes will affect your ability to experience sexual pleasure.
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10. Lastly, go for your Pap smear test

This is important! Most women dread having a Pap smear but it doesn’t have to be so bad. Relax and before you know it, it will be over. The Pap smear test checks for cervical cancer and other conditions. A Pap smear test usually depends on your last results and personal history – in most cases, it’s every three years but it’s still important to have regular gynaecological check ups.

Hopefully now you’ll be a little more educated about what goes on down there and also learn to do what is best to keep your vagina healthy and happy!
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