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by Team Thinx | 01/18/2018
It’s an unspoken mantra that girls’ genitals are “dirty,” or that it’s wrong to look at or touch them. Isn’t that why our society puts millions of dollars into how your genitals should look? I remember, growing up in a Catholic community, that my schools separated puberty talk: there was no mention of masturbation and instead we just touched on periods. My 5th grade teacher was visibly uncomfortable, and in response, no one was able to take the initiative to ask any of the questions they were dying to have answered.
It’s hard for me to wrap my head around why vaginas have such a bad rap. In my opinion, they’re pretty freaking amazing. I mean, that’s where “most” new life enters the world from. People don’t like to talk about genitals because they are sexual organs, which makes people uncomfortable. However, just because they are sexual does not mean they should be sexualized. They are natural parts of the human body and everyone deserves the right to be educated on their body so they can make safer, informed choices on how to care for themselves. Did you know that our mouths tend to have more germs than our genitals? That urine is sterile? Oh, and that vaginas are self-cleaning?!
Vaginal discharge is the substance that comes out of the vagina and it’s a way for it to clean and regulate itself. Every person with a vagina experiences it — it’s a healthy part of the reproductive cycle. It’s so important to know that you do not need anything other than warm water to clean your vagina. No soaps, creams, washes, should ever be put up there. And do not douche! Discharge can look, feel, and smell different. Here’s a little break down:
Clear and thin – this is the discharge around ovulation and when you are aroused
White/yellowish and thick – this discharge occurs when you are less fertile during the month
Mild but not a strong odor
Slightly brown or red around your period (before or after)
If you notice a change in the color, smell, or consistency, you could have an infection. If it smells fishy, you could have bacterial vaginosis, if it’s very thick and your vagina feels irritated or itchy, you could have a yeast infection. It’s important that if you notice this, you visit an OB-GYN to get properly diagnosed and treated.
Don’t use panty liners or pads for discharge when you’re not on your period or spotting. They can cause infection by creating warmth and locking in moisture. You should try wearing THINX underwear because they absorb the moisture, not allowing for any unwanted bacteria build-up!
Some other fun tips on how to keep your vagina at optimal health? Wet bikinis and sweaty gym clothes should be changed ASAP and shower after working out! This will keep your vagina nice and dry. Also, taking probiotics regularly has been proven to help keep your vagina’s pH balanced and reduce yeast infection outbreaks.
Every person with a vagina, experiences discharge. So don’t feel gross or dirty for having it and NEVER let anyone make you feel that way. You should be a proud owner of a vagina! Your vagina is a self-working, self-cleaning machine. Not to mention, the clitoris is the only organ in the entire human body that’s sole purpose is pleasure. I put together a fun little list on why vaginas are so amazing and why you should also be proud if you have one!
IT GIVES LIFE
Babies come out of vaginas! Sperm has to go through the vagina to even start the process of fertilization.
Vaginas are diverse and with diversity comes beauty
Each and every vulva is unique. They come in different shapes, sizes, and colors!
It allows for many different kinds of orgasms
Clitoral, vaginal, blended, G-spot, multiple, to name a few
Your vagina knows how to take care of itself.
Your vagina can communicate
Not literally, but your vagina will tell you if something’s wrong. It can do this through discharge, odor, swelling, or feeling.
It has the most feeling!
Your clitoris contains over 8,000 nerve endings. This is more than any other part of the human body. And its sole purpose is pleasure!
Your vagina can expand
It can expand to more than twice its size when aroused, and that’s not even talking about childbirth!
It tells you when you can get pregnant!
The cervical mucus changes during ovulation. Your discharge will be clear, rubbery and stretchy if you’re not on oral contraceptives. This is your body preparing for easier fertilization.
We want to hear from you! Add to the list in the comments!
EIleen Kelly is the founder of Killer and a Sweet Thang, a comprehensive online sex education resource for young women and men. She is currently working on her certification in sexology and sex education at The Institute of Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.
by Team Thinx