It seems logical to assume that at our age we know all about sex and our own bodies. But many women don’t know enough about their ‘lady parts’. Our vaginal health takes on greater importance as we age. It can be helpful, and maybe even fun, to learn a few facts about our vaginas and vulvas.
- The clitoris and the penis both start out as a little bundle of tissues. They both have a covering; the clitoris has a hood, the penis has a foreskin. As ‘sex’ chromosomes begin to shape embryos the organs begin to differentiate themselves.
- The clitoris has more nerve endings and is larger than the penis. While the penis has other jobs to do, the clitoris is designed purely for pleasure—with over 8000 nerve endings. (Drawing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clitoris )
- Our clitoris grows as we age. “After menopause the clitoris could be nearly 7 times larger than it was at birth, and 2.5 times larger than it was at the age of 19.” (www.the-Clitoris.com, great article with many photos of vulvas and clitoris-NSFW)
- What we see with our mirrors is our vulva—the external organs. When my granddaughter talked about a potato chip looking like a vagina (and got a warning from the school for using inappropriate language), she had her terms mixed up. The vagina is internal. “The vulva has many major and minor anatomical structures, including the labia majora, mons pubis, labia minora, clitoris, bulb of vestibule, vulval vestibule, greater and lesser vestibular glands, and the opening of the vagina (introitus).” (Wikipedia)
- Our vaginas are about 3 to 4 inches long. The average penis is between 5 and 6 inches long. Because vaginas stretch they can accommodate a larger penis without damage and return to their natural size.
- The healthy vagina has an odor that is perfectly natural. Intense odor may indicate a possible yeast infection, dehydration or excess consumption of some vitamins. Foods we eat can change the way our vaginas smell. If you’re concerned see your gynecologist.
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Article originally published on Midlife Boulevard.