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Facts About Female Genitalia: Getting to Know Your "Womanhood"

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Fact about female genitalia: getting to know your “womanhood" discusses what every woman (and man) should know wbout a woman's sexual anatomy and its functioning.

> The average length of the labia minora (also known as the inner labia, inner lips, or nymphae), the two flaps of skin on either side of the vaginal opening andsituated between the labia majora (outer labia or outer lips), is less than inch though about 1.8% of women have labia longer than 1 inches--and 3 inches is not rare.

Labia minora vary widely in size, color, and shape from woman to woman, culture to culture; some hang down, some are tucked neatly up inside, some are even, some not. And even though some do not appear as aesthetically perfect as others, unless they interfere with normal bodily function, they are medically considered normal. The labia majora, the two prominent longitudinal fleshy folds that extend downward and backward from the mons pubis to the perineum, form the lateral boundaries of the pudendal cleft and contain the labia minora, interlabial sulci, clitoral hood, clitoral glans, frenulum clitoridis, the Hart's Line, and the vulval vestibule--which contains the external openings of the urethra and the vagina. Corresponding to the scrotum in the male, the space between the posterior of the labia majora and the anus averages from 1 to 1 inch and constitutes the perineum. The average vagina is 3-4 inchesin lengthbut can expand by 200% when sexually aroused. While woman may have difficulty accommodating men with excessively large penises, in that the vagina is made to birth babies and is exceedingly elastic, proper stimulation and patience will compensate for most seeming size incompatibilities.

> Pubic hair is not just a remnant of ages past when all human bodies were largely covered with hair, it serves three critical functions: it protects the delicate vagina, serves as a display of pubescent readiness to potential mates, and its texture traps pheromones and scents that attract sex partners. While it is becoming ever-more popular to shave ones womanhood bare, what you may gain in cultural acceptance you lose in protection and natural biological interaction. While many people assume that pubic hair simply doesnt grow as fast as head hair (which accounts for its relatively shorter length), the fact of the matter is that head hair can live up to seven years, while pubic hair only about three weeks. And while many women with sparse pubic hair think that repeated shaving will result in thicker growth, this is only a myth.--you cant induce follicles to produce new hair by this method. However,woman have reported that taking the blood pressure medication known as Loniten (the primary ingredient in Rogaine) hasresulted in a thicker patch. There are about 8000 nerve endings in the clitoris, designed specifically to enhance the female sexual experience. (By comparison, the penis only has about 4000. Although the vagina can expand, it is not an open conduit to the interior ofthe body. While designed to permit microscopic sperm to swim through a tiny hole in the cervix, larger objects (a Tampon, for example) are not in danger of being lost inside. Doctors suggest that you think of your vagina as being constructed like a sock; if you slip a banana into a sock, it stays contained in the sock--and is ultimately retrievable. You can still catch sexually transmitted diseases even if you use a condom. Disease can be transmitted via the areas around a mans penis--the scrotum, anus, and surrounding pubic area--including warts, crabs, herpes, and lice. Statistically, the female condomprovides a higher rate of protection. Only about 30% of women report having orgasms from intercourse alone. However, many women who long assume they cannot experience orgasms other than by clitoral stimulation have later discovered that physical exploration of their vaginas has led to the discovery of so-called sweet spots that can only beeffectively stimulated by particular physical positioning. Recent studies suggest that the so-calledG-Spot feels especially good because it lies right over a deep part of the clitoris. Although experts describe the G-spot as being "inside the vagina on the anterior wall just under the urethra," the crura of the clitoris actually runs there. One recent study demonstrated that vaginal orgasms mayin realitybe deep clitoral orgasms. So-called vaginal farts (called "queefs" or "varts" in some social circles) happen to almost all women at one time or another during sex and should be considered a normal aspect of sex. Some women actually do physically and visually ejaculate during orgasm, but you're certainly normal if you don't. Although many couples find this phenomenon exciting, female ejaculation does not necessarily equate with better orgasms. Psychologists suggest that women choose their own pet name for their womanhood to create an intimate relationship and promote healthy sexual relations. Although every woman should know the proper, scientific terminology of her sex organs (and should expect--even demand--those terms be used by doctors and other health professionals), constant use of terms like vagina or sex organ has been known to make it difficult for some women to talk about sexual issues when necessary. Safe sex (including masturbation) is healthy for you. Benefits include lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke, boosting your immune system, reducing your risk of breast cancer, regulating your menstrual cycle and relieving menstrual cramps, helping you sleep, reducing chronic pain, relieving depression and lowering stress levels.

References:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/vaginal-agenesis/

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/sexandlove/830306/Top-10-G-spot-frisky-fun-facts-Scientists-Not-every-woman-has-a-G-spot.html

http://blisstree.com/feel/10-things-you-should-know-about-your-vagina-little-known-gynecological-facts/

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http://www.cosmopolitan.com/advice/health/vagina-facts-0110

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