Welcome to the wonderful world of the Vagina

By Shani Jones
Certified Sex Coach

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The #vagina can change in size, or length, to accommodate a tampon, finger, or penis, for example. It does this by stretching and elongating. This also moves the cervix and uterus upward.

The length of the vagina varies, but the average length, when a person is not aroused, is just under 4 inches. However, the length can range significantly from person to person, from about 2.5 inches to 5 inches or more.

Researchers found that, in some cases, they could predict variations in length based on a participant’s height and age, but not necessarily their weight. For example, a taller person may have a longer vagina.

The color can also vary, depending on blood flow. During arousal, the flow of blood increases, and the vulva may appear purplish.

Some people note color changes when they have certain medical conditions. A #yeast infection, for example, may cause the vulva to appear purple or red.

The vagina naturally contains #bacteria and yeasts that can cause odors. The smell can vary from sweet to metallic.

A person’s menstrual cycle, their overall health, and the natural flora of the vagina can all affect vaginal odor.

Usually, variations in vaginal smell are no cause for concern. However, a foul smell can indicate infection.

Vaginal discharge and secretions help keep the vaginal tissues healthy.

Some people use the color and consistency of their discharge to track their fertility. For example, very stretchy discharge can occur during ovulation.

Changes in vaginal discharge can indicate an infection, which requires medical attention. See a doctor if discharge is green, gray, or foul-smelling.

Anyone who has concerns about their vagina or #vulva should see a doctor. Some common concerns include: unusual discharge, unusual smell, a change in the color of the labial tissues, heavy bleeding & pain during sex.

Some people have congenital anomalies that may require surgical treatment.

For example, some people have a wall called a vertical vaginal septum in the vagina. The wall essentially creates two vaginas.

A person may not notice this until they start menstruating or become #sexually active