Everyone seems to be talking about vaginas these days but watch your language! You would be surprised how many people – of any gender – use the terms “vulva” and “vagina interchangeably. They are two very different things.
A vagina is also known as the birth canal for those who bear children. The vagina connects with the cervix and through that the uterus.
The vulva is the outside part of the female genitalia, the part you can see. It consists of the mons pubis, clitoris, urethra, labia majora, and labia minora. Great names! The labia help protect the clitoris, which is extremely sensitive, even more than the head of the penis. Many people with vaginas need clitoral stimulation to orgasm.
- Don’t douche. Vaginas are amazing organs. They do a great job keeping themselves clean. Douching actually eliminates some of the healthy bacteria, which makes you more susceptible to infections.
- Keep the public hair. It serves many purposes, such as protecting from extra bacteria, and also eliminates issues related to friction and sweating.
- Check your lube ingredients. Lubrication is amazing. It can take sex to the next level for all involved. However, some ingredients are not healthy for your body. Glycerin, petroleum products, parabens, scents, flavors, nonnatural oils, and dyes are to be avoided.
- Use body safe sex toys.
- Practice safer sex. Use protection. Get tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections. Check the condom ingredients. No spermicides, as they are not healthy for the vagina and can kill good bacteria. The FC2 vaginal condom is a good choice. It’s not latex.
- Pee after sex.
- Wear breathable clothing. Cotton underwear is great. Change daily.
- Sleep naked! However, if you wear a pad for incontinence, change frequently.