1. First things first, vaginas can have whole human babies come out of them.
Obviously we all know that, but it bears constant repeating. Seriously: respect. What can you do, penis? #birthcanal
2. The vagina can stretch to THREE TIMES its original size—in girth—to accomplish this unmatched feat.
And we all know that’s the measurement that matters. The typical baseline diameter of a vagina is about 3 cm, according to Yale Medical School clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology Mary Jane Minkin, M.D. An infant’s head is around 10 cm across. You do the math. (Actually, we did it already. And wow.)
3. It can also grow nearly 50 percent in length.
Grower? Shower? The vag is no slouch, herself. It lengthens during arousal, Minkin tells SELF, from an average length (i.e. depth) of 7 or 8 cm up to 10 or 11 cm.
4. Yet we don’t need to feel judged by the size of our organ.
And no one can see it in the locker room, anyway.
5. The vagina is self-cleaning.
While uncircumcised men
have to clean under their foreskin to prevent the build-up of smegma that can lead to fungal and bacterial infections, the vagina is basically a self-cleaning oven. It produces natural fluids to flush out bad bacteria and maintain and healthy pH. That’s why you don’t need to—and shouldn’t—douche
6. And self-lubricating.
is lovely. But most women don’t need it, says Minkin, because they’ve got their own way of getting ready to get down. “It’s called arousal,” she says. “Most people get wet enough” just from getting turned on. Hand lotion and Kleenex? As if.
7. When women get turned on in public, no one has to know.
There’s no hiding a raging boner. That must be, ahem, hard on you guys. But ladies don’t need to worry about anyone spying their discreet cloners (ya know, clitoral boner).
8. Vaginas have their own workout gear.
That’s because they are surrounded by muscles that you can flex and strengthen. Kegel exercisers, Ben Wa balls and yoni eggs help you work out the pelvic floor muscles that surround the vaginal canal. Stronger Kegels give you more intense contractions during orgasms. And you can work them on your own, any time, anywhere. (Learn exactly how to do Kegel exercises here
9. You can have two of them (sorta).
Embryologically, the vagina forms from two tubular structures that fuse in the middle. The divider along the midline disappears during development. But occasionally it doesn’t, so some women are born with a septum that divides the vagina into two. While some opt to have it removed, others may not even know it’s there. It’ll just push to one side or the other when inserting something, like a tampon, a penis or a dildo.
10. You can put stuff in it.
In the words of Broad City
’s Ilana Glazer, it’s nature’s pocket. We don’t recommend using it as a stash box (and can think of at least 18 other things you should never put in your vagina
), but there are many wonderful things you can—and should!—put in there. Like clean, loving fingers, hungry tongues, and—yes, ma’am—penises. Have you ever tried to put a penis inside a penis? Neither have we, but it sounds awful.
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11. When you’re being a dick, no one calls you “a vagina.”
12. The vagina is home to about 5 inches’ worth of hidden clitoris.
The clitoris is typically 9 to 11 cm long, Leah Millheiser, M.D., clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Stanford University School of Medicine, tells SELF, and most of it is tucked out of view. “The most sensitive part is the clitoral glans—the part we see—but the entire thing, which extends into the vagina, can be stimulated,” she explains, adding: “Take that!”
13. It’s just one of the many places on a woman’s body that has the power to elicit an orgasm.
…while men and their penises have to wait out a refractory period until they can come again. The length of the refractory period varies from person to person, but tends to get longer with age. Womp.
15. And there’s no such thing as Whiskey Vagina.
Sorry (not sorry).