No More Nice Kitty: Common Vagina Myths Debunked
Kitty, coochie, nookie, cookie or poontang.
It doesn't matter what you call your vagina, the same tired myths surround it. This doesn't just come from men, but many women are unsure about what goes on ya know...down there. From how it should smell and look, many people think there's an ideal type of vagina and every other type is odd. I didn't start to take serious control of my sexual health until senior year of college. It was scary at first but I learned so much about my body. From talking to my gynecologist and following sexologists such as Shan Boodram I learned so many things! The more you know, the more you begin to pay attention to and monitor your body. That's a win, win in the end!
So let's learn what high school sex ed failed to teach us.
Myth One: Your vagina will smell bad naturally.
It's super normal for your kitty to have a certain smell which can depend on factors like your period, if you've had sex recently or if you've been sweating from working our or just summer heat. Of course there are instances of "abnormal odors" which is most commonly caused by bacterial vaginosis, or an an overgrowth of normally occurring vagina bacteria. If your vagina smells "bad," basically different than how it normally smells, you may want to call up your gyno!
Myth Two: Your vagina only gets clean with very "special products."
Your vagina is super talented. It cleans itself! You're actually being a douche by douching. Feminine hygiene products have gained popularity by pushing the sexist message that vaginas are these super filthy dark holes that need to smell like a summer breeze. Adding harsh products can only do more harm. Use a mild soap and warm water and she's good to go!
Myth Three: Your vagina will get loose if you have a lot of sex.
This played out joke about a woman's "looseness" has been a major method in shaming women for being sexually active. Your vagina can stretch up to 3x it's normal size and get back to business and still work. #SnapBackGameStrong Yes, a vagina may feel "slightly loose" after child birth but girl hit them pussy squats and you'll be fine. I'm talking about Kegels ya'll.
Myth Four: Your vagina will have symptoms if you get an STD.
Some women will have symptoms of an STD but many go years without even knowing anything is wrong. Certain untreated STDs can lead to infertility. Getting tested is super important! Don't want to go alone? Go with your partner or a trusted friend or family member to ease the anxiety!
Myth Five: It's your vagina, and that's all there is to it.
The vaginal opening is just inside the opening of the labia minora. The general term which describes the outside area is the vulva. There are several parts to the magic down under.
Myth Six: Women only need vaginal stimulation to get off.
Fellas. You're with a woman and it's getting hot and heavy. You lay her down, kiss her passionately and then all of a sudden just stick it in. WOAH. Flag on the play. Red card. Technical foul. You can't just go in there full steam ahead. You need to work with the vagina. Make her feel at home. Most women need some clitoral stimulation. Get creative.