wooden egg so her muscles could grab onto it. This gives Kegel exercises a whole new meaning.
17. There is not really a “normal” amount of discharge to have.
Vaginal discharge amounts vary from person to person, and what’s normal for you might not be normal for your friend, Dr. Dweck says. Also, your discharge amount can change depending on what time of the month it is, if you have an infection, and if you’re on birth control. It also changes in consistency, color, and smell, depending on all of these things.
18. Your vagina will actually let you know when you’re most fertile.
The cervical mucus will become clear and stretchy during ovulation, Dr. Dweck says. You’ll probably also notice more of it than usual.
19. Most women will be exposed to HPV in their lifetime, but may not know about it for years (or ever).
20. The vagina is tilted at roughly a 130-degree angle, which is why you have to insert tampons by aiming them at your back.
THAT said, things change with time. “The vaginal angle flattens a bit, which may make vaginal intercourse feel different to women as they age and go through menopause,” Dr. Herbenick writes in Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2011).
21. Vaginas are lined with ringed muscular ridges. This helps it expand when necessary, such as during intercourse or childbirth. They expand up to 200 percent during intercourse or childbirth.
22. People get things stuck in their vaginas sometimes. Actually, often.
Most common are condoms and tampons, which can be tough to retrieve on your own. If this happens to you, and you can’t get… whatever it is… out by yourself, you can absolutely go to the doctor to get it out for you.
“I can’t even tell you some of the things I’ve fished out,” Dr. Dweck says. “But what’s most important is that (Continued)