Let's face it, vaginas don't get talked about as much as they should.
Well, that's about to change right here, right now! Only with a frank discussion about that wondrous part of your body can we begin to ensure that she stays as healthy as she can be. So, here we go. Let's talk about your va-jay-jay, lady garden, privates, or whatever you may call her. Truth is, no fancy name can really do her justice.
This may seem obvious, but it's important to understand what (and where) your vagina is. Many people say vagina when they're referring to a woman's external genitalia, but this area is actually the vulva.1
The vulva and the outer and inner labia form the entrance. Along the vulva are the clitoris, the clitoral hood, the opening to the urethra, and the vaginal opening. The vagina, also called "the birth canal," connects the uterus to the outside world.
Different parts of your body may function in a very narrow pH range.2,3 Having a slightly acidic vagina is ideal. Most harmful bacterial have a hard time growing out of control in an acidic environment.4 Keeping harmful bacteria at bay can help you avoid infections and diseases in the future.3
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