When asked by a reporter whether she had a penis or not, Lady Gaga responded, “My beautiful vagina is very offended by that question.”
How much do you really know about the vagina? Sadly, most women don’t know an awful lot about their own sexual anatomy. But, studies show the more you know about your lady bits, the more orgasmic you can be. So, that is reason enough to learn some interesting facts about the fabulous vagina.
1. There are over 1000 nicknames for the vagina (and/or vulva) including “down there”, lady flower, beaver, honey pot, bearded clam, pink taco, doodiddle, coochie, fluff, cunt, pussy, snatch, gash, muff, fur burger, twat, quim, hooha, the bat cave and the love canal. The reason we have so many nicknames, is because many people are still ashamed to call it a vagina. Shame on you Oprah! Vajayjay, indeed.
2. The vulva (no, not related to Mulva), is often referred to incorrectly as the vagina. But, the vulva is the outside portion of the female genitalia that includes the labia (lips), clitoris, urethra opening and perineum. The vagina is actually the inner canal only.
3. No two pussies are alike. A woman’s genitalia (ie: vulva) rarely looks anything like what you would see in a porn film or girly magazine (most of these are airbrushed, have make-up on them and/or have undergone cosmetic surgery). Women’s vulvas come in all shapes and sizes, and can be furry, shaved, have large lips, small lips, uneven lips, large clits, small clits, and varying shades of flesh from dark blackish purple to pale pink.
4. The average vaginal length is about 3-6 inches. It can lengthen up to 200% to accommodate a larger penis.
5. Scottish native Anna Swan (1846-1888) holds the world record for having the largest vagina ever recorded. Anna was 7’8” and gave birth to the world’s largest baby which was a whopping twenty six pounds. It is actually the baby that was measured, not Anna’s vagina. Safe to say however, that a vagina that can birth a twenty six pound baby (about the weight of two bowling balls) is probably fairly large.
6. The average vagina opening is ½” wide, but can stretch several times its normal circumference during delivery. Although very flexible, the vagina doesn’t always return to its regular tightness after giving birth. But, you can get that tightness back (and have bigger and better orgasms) by practicing kegel exercises to tighten the PC muscle.
7. World’s Strongest Vagina belongs to a Russian mom, Tatiata Kozhevnikova who can lift 31 lbs with her vagina. She accomplished this feat by doing weight training with kegel exercises every day.
8. The hymen is a slightly pink, almost transparent “membrane” that partially covers the external vaginal opening and is about 1-2 cm inside the vagina. It is not possible to confirm that a woman is a virgin by examining her hymen. The hymen was actually renamed the “vaginal corona” by a SexEd society in Sweden to dispel some of the myths surrounding the hymen and virginity. The hymen is a ring consisting of elastic folds of mucous tissue, and can be stretched wider, but it can’t be broken or ruptured which is a popular myth. You are therefore unable to actually “pop a cherry” or break someone’s hymen. The majority of women also don’t bleed the first time during sex either.
9. The definition of “Vagina” from the Word Origin & History comes from Latin meaning a “sheath, scabbard” and from wag, “to break, split, bite.” The term “Vagina dentata” is Latin for toothed vagina. To Freud, the “Toothed Vagina“, was the classic symbol of men‘s primeval fear and the unconscious belief that a woman may eat or castrate her partner during sexual intercourse. Freud said: “Probably no male human being is spared the terrifying shock of threatened castration at the sight of female genitals.” Seriously?!!
10. Yoni is the Sanskrit word for female genitalia. It is considered the divine passage, womb or sacred temple and also covers a range of meanings, including: source, origin, spring, fountain, and place of rest. “The sign of the yoni was meant to convey the shape of the external female genitalia, which the ancients clearly recognized as the seat of female sexual power. Tantrics viewed that power as the source of all creative action. Far from describing female sexuality as “passive” in the Western manner, Tantric Hindus regarded female orgasm as the energizing principle of the universe.”—Barbara Gordon Walker, “A Womans Dictionary of Signs and Symbols”.