Top 21 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vegee as a Woman

You and your vegee have been through a lot together: Your first tampon, your first relationship, your first orgasm. But how much do you actually know about her? Well, it’s time to get reacquainted with your homegirl’s fun quirks. Let’s do this!

1. Not every woman is born with a hymen. That thin membrane partially covering the entrance to the vegee isn’t guaranteed, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

And even if you were born with one, playing sports as a kid, using tampons, or random medical procedures can “break” it. So not having a hymen doesn’t really mean you’ve never had s3x before.

2. Labia come in all shapes and sizes. The labia majora, or the lip-like tissue around the opening of your vegee, can be as little as one quarter inch or up to two inches wide, per ACOG. So, yeah, every girl is a unique and special unicorn.

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3. Your vegee always has a little bit of yeast in it. Even if you don’t have a full-on yeast infection, your hoo-ha typically contains some of the fungus. It’s only when your microbiome, or the healthy array of bacteria in your vag, gets disrupted by lubes or even antibiotics that the yeast can overgrow and cause symptoms like itching and burning, per ACOG.

4. Vegee surgery is crazy-expensive and you probably don’t need it. Vegeel procedures range from the G-shot (a collagen or filler injection designed to increase the size of the much-debated G-spot area) at around $1,500 to vegeel rejuvenation at around $7,000.

These surgeries are hardly ever covered by insurance and are largely unnecessary unless you have an actual medical condition causing you actual medical problems.  

5. The surrounding area often can be different colors. The shade of your southern region isn’t necessarily related to the tone of the rest of your skin. Many light-skinned women have brown or purplish labia, while a darker-skinned woman can have a lighter vulva. You also can have different colors in different areas — for example, your labia could be on the darker side yet your perineum could be pale pink.

6. Its walls are pleated. Usually, the walls of the vegee lie compressed against each other. But the sides can separate and widen, kind of like the way an umbrella opens. The vegee typically swells up to two inches wide during s3x and it can get even bigger to allow a baby to pass through it.

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7. Lots of s3x won’t stretch it out. As explained above, the vegee is incredibly elastic, so it always returns to its usual tightness after s3x.

8. Nor will it shrink if you go through a dry spell. Ever heard that a no-booty bout can make your vegee tighter than ever? That’s false. While your vegeel muscles may be tense at first, penetration shouldn’t be painful. Talk to your doc if it continues.

9. You can strengthen it like any other muscle. Your pelvic floor muscles hold your vegee, uterus, rectum, and urethra in place, according to ACOG. So when your pelvic floor is weak, you know, like right after you push a human out of you, it can be harder to hold your pee.

But doing kegels can strengthen the muscles surrounding your urethral and vegeel openings. Just clamp down as if you’re stopping the flow of urine, hold for three seconds then relax for three seconds. Do 10 reps a day, working your way up to 10-second holds.

10. It’s teeming with bacteria. The most important bug taking up residence: lactobacilli, a strain that produces lactic acid, which keeps bad microorganisms in check so you don’t get an infection

11. It’s self-cleaning. Discharge flushes out cells from the vegeel wall, excess water, and bacteria. When you’re in the shower, a simple swipe of mild, scent-free soap and water between the labial folds and along the perineum is all you need.

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12. There are two major causes of vegeel pain. Vaginismus, which causes the vegeel muscles to contract involuntarily, can make it difficult or impossible to have s3x, use a tampon, even undergo a gyno exam. It can be treated via physical therapy or counseling.

The other, characterized by vulva pain, stinging, or sensitivity so intense that direct touch is hard to bear, is vulvodynia. These are often diagnosed after gynos rule out other conditions, such as a bad yeast infection. Antidepressants can often help lessen the pain.

13. Its scent can change throughout the month. It tends to be acidic before your period and pungent afterward. Your smell might be more noticeable post-workout, because of sweat glands, and during s3x, thanks to the natural lubrication you produce.

“Having a slight scent to your vegee is normal,” says Dr. Boyle. “But when the odor becomes strong, unpleasant, or is accompanied with a unusual discharge, it’s time to see the doctor.”

14. Orgasms are good for you. Having regular s3x and orgasms can actually help reduce stress and anxiety, says Dr. Boyle. “Orgasms increase estrogen production, which increases oxytocin release and reduces cortisol [the main stress hormone] production.”

15. But too much s3x can throw it out of whack. Too much action in a short period of time may leave you chafed or with a urinary tract infection. Fortunately, drinking extra fluids and peeing post-s3x can keep a UTI at bay.

16. Discharge changes throughout your cycle. Though your vag produces up to two teaspoons of thin, clearish discharge a day during ovulation, right before your flow it’s creamier and thicker.

“The change in your discharge during ovulation creates a hospitable environment for the sperm to travel up to the egg,” says Dr. Boyle. If it ever itches, burns, smells foul, or looks like cottage cheese, see your gyno.

17. Your vegee is not a black hole. It’s impossible for anything (like a tampon) to get lost up there since the cervix blocks off access. But if a tampon slips out of reach, fish it out while squatting and bearing down. If that doesn’t work, your gyno can remove it quickly. Note: Do not put food near your vegee. The sugar can lead to an infection.

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18. Clits act like boners when you’re turned on. Arousal causes your clitoris to become engorged with blood and grow larger, says Dr. Laurence Orbuch, ob-gyn, director of Gyn Laparoscopic Associates at the Beth Israel Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

19. Your vegee can actually double in size. Women’s vegees can vary in size and shape when they’re aroused, says Dr. Orbuch. But thanks to a phenomenon called tenting, it’s totally possible for your vag to double in size. This means the upper two-thirds of your vegee expand, enabling sperm to move up into the cervix more easily.

20. Your clitoris is way more sensitive than a penis. Maybe it seems obvious, but there are 8,000 sensory nerve endings in the clitoris, while the penis only has 4,000, says Dr. Orbuch. That might explain why a clitoral orgasm is generally far more intense than a peen’s.

21. Your vegee is like a fine wine. No, really: The normal vegeel pH for vegees is 3.8 to 4.5 and the pH of most wines fall around 3.0 or 4.0, says Dr. Orbuch.

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