What Are Vagal Maneuvers, and Are They Safe

What are Vaginas?

Vaginas are organs made up of two parts: the vulva (the external part) and the cervix (the internal part). The clitoris is located inside the uterus. A woman’s reproductive system consists of three main components: ovaries, fallopian tubes, and uterus. Ovaries produce eggs which are released into the Fallopian tubes where they mature into ova. Oocytes are then fertilized by a male’s Y chromosome. An egg travels down the fallopian tube until it reaches the uterus where it implants in the lining of your womb called endometrium. Your body produces hormones that stimulate menstruation, or shedding of your uterine lining.

The cervix is a muscular organ located behind your uterus and connected to your vaginal opening through a thin tube called the cervical canal. When you have sexual relations with another person, the cervix moves back and forth during ejaculation. During these movements of the cervix, blood flows from your genitals to your uterus. This helps nourish and support your growing baby.

How do Vaginas Work?

Your body works well without any outside interference. Your vaginas are self-cleaning organs that keep harmful bacteria from entering your body. You can wash them with water and mild, unscented soaps. Your body releases fluid during sexual activity. This helps you clean out the canal naturally. If you experience an unpleasant odor, try wiping front to back after using the bathroom. Avoid using scented products in or around your genitals. Certain soaps and lotions can cause an allergic reaction or an imbalance of good and bad bacteria. This can cause an unpleasant odor.

Why are Vaginas Important?

Vaginas allow for the birth of life. Without your vaginas, you could not procreate and carry on the human race. The ability to give birth is a beautiful thing. You can make someone without the help of a man! If you are a woman, be thankful for your vaginas. If you are a man, be thankful you can love a woman!

What Does a Vagina Feel Like?

The inside of the vaginal opening is smooth and soft to the touch. The canal inside the opening is warm and wet. As you move further inside, you will find that the walls get progressively slightly puffier and tighter until you reach your cervix. During sexual arousal, your clitoris and vaginal walls engorge with blood. This causes the walls to swell and your vaginal canal gets puffier.

What is a Vagina Used For?

Your vaginas are used for sexual activity, such as penetrative vaginal or rectal sexual penetration. The opening of the vaginal canal is called the vaginal orifice and leads to the uterine cavity. The cervix of the uterus protrudes into the uterine cavity. The vaginal canal is surrounded by the wall of the perineum.

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