Vaginas: 15 mind-boggling facts
Love Matters prides itself in providing all the basic facts you need to know about the vagina. Here, however, we provide some less basic facts.
- Combining exercise and pleasure, the Happy Ride attaches your vagina to your bike through a ‘bicycle seat cover with a discreet, high-powered vibrator tucked inside […]. It comes with an attached remote control so you can adjust the vibration speed to your liking.’
- Vajazzling is ‘the act of applying glitter and jewels to a woman’s nether-regions for aesthetic purposes.’ The name is somewhat misleading since you are actually just decorating your pubic area. But such is the power of the vagina: everybody wants a piece of it.
- Squalene is a substance found in shark livers. It’s also a natural lubricant found in human vaginas. How did that happen?
- Women have been known to hide all sorts of stuff up their ho-has: knives, marijuana pipes, vodka bottles, etc. One woman allegedly stashed over 100 items – including bags of heroin and loose change.
- A Russian woman, Tatiata Kozhevnikova, has the world’s strongest vagina, according to the Guinness World Records. After inserting a glass ball with a hook into her vagina, she can lift a second ball weighing 14 kilograms. Yes: Bolshoi.
- ‘Vaginal rejuvenation‘ is a form of plastic surgery that involves nipping, tucking and general tightening. Most doctors don’t recommend such ‘vagina upgrades’.
- A Brazilian woman allegedly attempted to kill her husband by putting poison in her vagina and asking him for oral sex. Unfortunately for her, vaginas are absorbent…
- A new contraceptive can be popped into your vagina to protect you against both HIV and pregnancy for three months. This ‘tenofovir levonorgesterel IVR’ secretes two very different drugs: an antiretroviral that kills HIV and herpes on contact, and a pill-like hormone that stops the making of babies. But so far, it’s only worked in rabbits.
- While versions of the penis can be found in fish, amphibians and birds, the vagina is unique to mammals.
- While men are often accused of thinking with their pee-shooters, female brains are actually much more complexly wired to their vaginas.
- The use of the C-word – or, for example, chut in Hindi, or bwenye in Kenyan slang – reflects a ‘deep-rooted fear of vaginas and their owners,’ says the author of The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History.
- In the viral video ‘Men explain vaginas’, the men failed miserably at explaining the different parts of a medical model of the vagina. Only one said something true: ‘It’s a very complex organ.’
- The vagina is home to countless microorganisms. In fact, up to 90 per cent of the cells found in the human body are foreign microbes. Most are friends who help us with such things as digesting milk and fighting disease. The vagina and its ‘microbiome’ have co-evolved together over the last 150 million years and these microorganisms are passed on via the vagina during childbirth.
But what happens when these microbes are wiped out by antibiotics administered during childbirth? Or skipped altogether when the baby is delivered via a C-section? Some researchers believe such interventions may be the cause of the worldwide rise in allergies, asthma, juvenile diabetes and obesity over the last 50 years.
- Engineered lab-vaginas have been successfully transferred to four women who were born without vaginal canals. The operation allowed them to function normally in terms of desire, arousal, satisfaction, ovulation and orgasm. Doctors are also confident they will also be able to reproduce.
- Female ducks have vaginas that can expel sperm if their male lover no longer seems worthy for reproduction.