The Vagina Series- Part One Is my Vagina normal and why does it smell?

In this 5 part series, KK will give you the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about Vaginas.

Part 1 we look at if your Vagina is normal and why does it smell?

The magical vagina, one of the most important parts of a kittens body, there to give life and have the toe-curling power to make you feel euphoric, but a body part that many know little about. So have a read and educate yourself on the most awesome of body parts.

The Vagina

Firstly, When you talk about the vagina, you might think you’re referring to a woman’s collective private parts, but you’d be wrong!

Instead, the word Vagina actually refers to a specific part of the female reproductive system. The vagina is a muscular canal lined with nerves and mucus membranes. It connects the uterus and cervix to the outside of the body, allowing for menstruation, intercourse, and childbirth, BOOM!

When people talk about the vagina, they’re usually referring to the vulva, which is the outer, external part of the female genitalia. The bits we can see. The vulva includes the:

  • labia
  • vaginal opening
  • clitoris
  • Uretha

The word “vagina” derives from the Latin word for “sheath” or “scabbard”

If you were wondering about size, research has found that vaginal depth can range from 2.7 to 3.1 inches, this can extend to 4.3 to 4.7 inches during sexual arousal.

Is My Vagina Normal?

75% of women worry that their bits don’t have the sex appeal that they would like them too. No two Vaginas are the same or even have the same smell. Just like a penis, they differ in shape, colour, and size, so the worse thing you can do is compare your flower to someone else’s as everyone’s downstairs region is different.

Think of it like a pizza. While a pizza all consists of dough and a crust (stuffed if that’s what you fancy, wink wink!), they also have a massive range of toppings. Vaginas all consist of the same biological parts (labia, clitoris, vaginal opening etc), but they have a massive range of appearances. Some are bumpy, some are smooth, some are flappy and some are tiny. But let me assure you, whatever category your vag falls under, it is completely and utterly normal.

So why do we care so much?

The answer lies within the media – porn, more specifically. We, as human beings, compare our bodies to those we are in awe of. Porn is the most direct signpost to what people find attractive because it’s literally there for that reason. So when we watch porn, we automatically and subconsciously compare our bits to theirs. It’s almost like they are telling us ‘this is what your vagina should look like. If it doesn’t, your guy will never get a hard-on, you’ll never have sex and you’ll die alone, probably devoured by your millions of cats and then you’ll be on the news as that woman who died because her cats ate her.’ (Perhaps that was a slight exaggeration, but you get where I’m coming from).

We, as women, need to fight this prejudice by embracing our vagina (both emotionally and physically!) and by understanding that each and every one of them is completely and utterly magical. With 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris alone, our orgasms trump men’s hands down. It adjusts its size when it needs to and works bloody (sorry) hard to keep us fertile and regulate our hormones. The least we can do is appreciate its beauty, regardless of shape and size.

Rest assured that your lady bits are perfectly attractive, and show it some love from time to time. Your vagina rocks!

Why Does My Vagina Smell?

A healthy vagina smells like a lot of different things, unlike the media would have us believe, flowers isn’t one of them.

All Vaginas smell. That’s right: It’s totally normal to have some kind of scent down there. But if you’re concerned about how your genitals smell, know you’re not alone, so many women worry that their vaginas smell like fish, vinegar, onions, ammonia, garlic, cheese, body odour, urine, bread, bleach, feces, sweat, metal, feet, garbage, and rotten meat.

There is no single way a healthy vagina should smell. Every woman has her own scent and it’s a totally normal part of who she is. You are most sensitive to your own natural odour, and it’s very unlikely that anyone else around you can smell it. However, vaginal odours outside your typical smell can be a sign that something’s not quite right.

There are a few factors that can lead to changes in vaginal odour: infections or STIs, exercising and sweating, hormone levels during your menstrual cycle, and changes in the ph of your vagina.

If you are noticing an unpleasant odour, this can be a sign of an infection that needs to be treated, especially if accompanied by an unusual discharge. If this is the case, you should see your GP or sexual health clinic straight away.

When your vag is trying to tell you something, don’t ignore it.