Tuesday, December 6, 2011

20 Things to Know About Your Vagina

I found this article by Dr. Lissa Rankin and thought you might find it interesting. She also has a website called owningpink.com that you might check out.

Here's the link:


You can read them all but I thought I'd mention two things. She recommended not to douche and to feel good about your lips whether they are tucked in or visible.

If the readers want to discuss the topic, I thought I'd ask if any of you do douche. And are your lips tucked in or visible and do you like the way they look? She said however they look, they are normal and women should embrace how they look.

I'd be interested in your thoughts.



  1. There isn't anything in the article I didn't already know, but it's always good to make sure. After having two kids and one unfortunate chemical burn in that area, vaginal health is something I take pretty seriously. I don't douche and due to the chemical burn I am vigilant about any kind of lotions, oils or lubes that are used. The wrong ingredients can cause a flare up and no one wants that. As for how it looks, that has changed over the years along with the rest of my body, but I'm comfortable with the changes. I am one of the lucky women who can come from vaginal stimulation and believe that Kegel exercises make that easier to achieve.

  2. I had never thought about the concept of use it or lose it--especially with aging. That is good to know. And I wish women were better educated about douching being so unhealthy and unnecessary.

  3. faerie: Nice that you can come from vaginal stimulation and sorry about the chemical burn. Good that you take vaginal health seriously.

    Holly S: Yes, douching is so unhealthy and unnecessary and yet companies make money selling a product an unnecessary product. Women should embrace how they are naturally.

    But if there are some women who like it, please share.


  4. I'm in my late 40's but even by the time I was a teen in the 70's it was already becoming common knowledge that douching wasn't a good idea because it messes up the PH balance of the vagina.

    As for the 'lips' they fold up nice and are tucked in as they always have been. No changes at all as I age.

    As for use it or lose it, definitely true. I didn't have sex for like ten years, and as I've said before, somewhere, it was very closed up when I started having sex again, took like ten minutes to get it in, now it takes about 20 seconds, so it's getting better and easier :)

  5. What a good website you shared,FD. Thanks for that.
    Nothing particularly new for me there but it is great to see all that important information right there for women to read.
    Me.. my lips are not tucked up but flare out a bit.
    I've never douched. I don't know if my mother just never told me but everything I ever read said it was a bad idea.. so I haven't.

    I am a big believer of use it or lose it! Much more fun to believe that anyway.. nice that it is right!

  6. Florida Dom,

    I enjoyed the article, but the only thing I would strongly disagree with the part about female ejaculation. I ejaculate and I KNOW it's not pee! It doesn't smell anything like pee or look like it. It's a bit clearish milky-white looking and the biggest reason I'm convinced it's not pee is that afterward I have to go pee and my bladder is completely full and I have to go a LOT! There's no way I could gush that much liquid and still have a full bladder. Scientists don't know everything!

    I've been doing kegels since I was 16 or 17 years of age...learned about them from my mother. My "lips" are just fine. They are slim and truthfully, I've never paid attention to this issue until this blog post. It makes me sad that some girls feel like their labia have to be surgically altered to appeal to a man.


  7. To speak to the douching point;
    I douche, BUT, I don’t ever use the fluid that comes with the douche. I use Nursery Water. It’s purified and has a 0ph balance.
    I also only douche after sex, because sometimes the spermicidal on condoms or synthetic lubes can cause issues for the delicate vaginal skin. Think about it, everyone freaks out about how a douche will jack up your vagina, what about PETROLEUM OIL? That doesn’t seem like something you want up there…
    My doc said its fine if I use the nursery water, since it won’t cause any direct harm, and clears out the synthetics that could.

  8. t1klish: You must be very happy now that you are using it again.

    Nancy: Tucked but flared out a bit sounds good. And nice that you are using it and not losing it.

    Kitty: I agree totally that female ejaculation is not pee. Good that you like your lips and do your kegels. And sad that a woman would do surgery on her lips or that a man would want her too. There is no need for that. All lips are fine in their own way.

    Jen: Using Nursery Water sounds interesting. Clean but doesn't leave a scent.


  9. Yeah, I knew most all of it... except I didn't know about the whole detailed list of the benefits of having sex. I've learned this throughout my life and I'm glad that young ladies can learn this at an earlier age than I learned them.

    No, I don't douche regularly... I did before I had my hysterectomy, and a couple of times when I was younger but I don't do now after learning that it's healthier not to.

    I'm pretty comfortable with my anatomy and definitely not need to have it altered.

    Nice public service! ;o)

  10. I always get faintly annoyed by the "most women don't orgasm from intercourse but need the clitoris stimulated' statement. Especially now when more special spots inside the vagina are being revealed to the public. I have always known that I orgasm differently from different internal stimulus and only recently (since taking much more interest in being on top) have I started to include the clitoris.

    I have lips that stand out and proud. I think this might be why I have always found g-strings incredibly uncomfortable and why I need a certain amount of pubic hair to prevent chafing.

    I don't douche and don't come from a culture where it has ever been promoted. I do use a ph balanced pessary if I have had too much sex with lubricant as I have found that it totally prevents the nasty smelly bacterial vaginosis which can otherwise occur.

    Having ejaculated at orgasm a number of times I will also attest that it is a unique fluid that is most certainly not pee.

  11. Mikki: Yes, there are a lot of benefits to having sex. And nice that you are comfortable with your anatomy.

    Doll: Nice that you orgasm differently from internal stimulus. And that your lips stand out and proud. Interesting that you find a g-string uncomfortable. I wonder if many women feel uncomfortable wearing a g-string. Could be a good blog question.


  12. Definitely a good blog question. I assume by g-string you're referring to what is called a thong? When I was growing up a thong was a type of sandal that went between your toes, and that is now called a flip-flop.

    I don't wear a thong, meaning that kind of panties. No way. No how. I've tried it in years past, a few times. But it's just not wearable.

    First, the feeling of having something perpetually up my ass is totally uncomfortable.

    Second, it's theoretically supposed to only go up the ass, but in reality, it narrows too early and also goes up the front, which is even more uncomfortable than going up the ass.

    Third, because it is up the ass, it inevitably gets dirty, as wiping after going to the bathroom, even several times, doesn't clean every single last speck out of there as perfectly as one would hope.

    Fourth, most of us women, even if we have a lovely hour glass figure and weigh exactly what we should, are still not flawlessly firm enough with a backside shaped exactly right to look good in thong panties.

  13. t1klish: You make interesting observations. I googled g-string and they had pictures of them but some were called thongs so I think they have become somewahat interchangeable. Anyway, I will post a blog question and see if other women find them uncomfortable. A few weeks ago, you talked about how you didn't like the taste of pussy juice and I've been meaning to post a question on that too. Thanks for your comments.


  14. That's a good web page. I thought douching was pretty much passe. A comment above claims synthetic lube used for sexual activity is petroleum. This is not true. Petroleum should never be used for lube with a condom as petroleum eats latex somewhat defeating the purpose of a condom. Jopen has a new toy out which they claim it is "the first easy-to-use kegel exerciser that automatically strengthens and tones the pelvic muscles." It's called the Intensity and retails for $249. It is somewhat difficult to find though. Cheers!

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