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5 Things Every College Woman Should Know About Her Vagina

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Davidson chapter.

DISCLAIMER: Do not get grossed out by things in this article. This is YOUR anatomy and physiology. Until you know it well, it will be hard to have a happy and healthy sex life.

Before we begin, let’s make sure we understand the basic anatomy about our bits:

For the sake of brevity, I will refer to everything as your vagina, even though, as you can see, there is a lot more going on down there. It’s a good starting place.

If this was your reaction, feel no judgment.

1. Your vagina is not invincible.

You hear it all the time with “youth” and texting and driving, and it’s true about your reproductive health, too. If it’s possible then it’s possible for you too. Typical use of The Pill is 92% effective and typical use of condoms is 85% effective. It’s best to use them together! Also, STI transmission disproportionately affects young women. Nearly 50% of new yearly STI transmission occurs in people ages 15 to 24 even though we are only 25% of the sexually active population.

2. Know when your body is trying to tell you something.

YES! Your vaginal discharge is completely normal. However, it can be a great indicator of your health. If you’re experiencing any of these then you might want to mosey on over to the health center: green, gray, or dark yellow discharge, a significant change in the amount and/or consistency of your discharge, or a foamy discharge (which could be an indication of gas producing organisms).

3. What is normal?

Well duh, vaginas are normal. We’re 50% of the world’s population. But also, every vagina is different, like beautiful snowflakes. In order to really know what is normal for you, you shouldn’t be afraid to explore! One thing you’ll find is the ringed muscle lining your vaginal canal, which allows your vagina to stretch and mold itself to whatever comes its way. 

4. The spectrum of vaginal wetness.

Every vagina has its own variant of wetness both when not aroused and aroused. Never feel embarrassed or negative if you require a little extra help. There are some great lubes and around to help a girl out. Use water-based lubes so you don’t corrode your condoms. You can also find some in Georgia Ringle’s office. Also, try drinking more water!

5. What about pubic hair?

There was a time when pubic hair was a health necessity. Now? Not so much. Nevertheless each has their own personal pubic hair expression. Always make sure you’re comfortable with yourself and have open communication with your partner(s). One study showed that 78% of self-identified female young adults remove some to all of their pubic hair. 15% remove some or most, 35% do minimal bikini area and trimming, and 30% reported that they remove all of it. So you’re bound to fall somewhere on this scale. Embrace yourself and what makes you feel beautiful. All vaginas are gorgeous.