Seven Things You Didn’t Know About Your Vagina — Chicago Woman magazine

| 18.11.2017

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It changes throughout your cycle


The vagina becomes slightly more firm during your period. Due to cyclic hormonal changes, and a process called keratinization, the tissue is more protected from menstrual fluid which may be irritating.


Bigger than you think


Your clitoris, the primary erogenous mechanism of the woman, is up to 9 centimeters (3 1/2 inches) long!  


Its delicate balance


The vagina is slightly acidic at baseline, with a pH of 3.5-4.5.  This function serves to kill the weakest of the sperm, which are slightly basic and allow only the healthiest sperm into the uterus! Also, when this pH is put off balance, abnormal bacteria can grow which causes vaginitis.


SensitIve and strong 


In addition to THOUSANDS of nerve cells, the clitoris also has muscle. During excitement, this surrounding muscle causes the clitoris to elevate and causes the covering of the clitoris, the hood, to retract. This facilitates the orgasm.


Not all parts are needed


Your cervix has no sexual erogenous nerve endings. Contrary to some beliefs, removal of the cervix has not been proven to decrease sexual pleasure.


The famed G-Spot is real


Your G-spot is closely related to the bladder and contains tissue equivalent to the prostate in males! Pressure on this area during sex can produce a very intensely pleasurable effect.


The earth does shake


The uterus contracts during orgasm. In order to facilitate the uptake of sperm into the uterus where conception will occur in the fallopian tube. Some women experience mild cramping during orgasm, and it is known that orgasm can help to bring on labor in pregnant women.


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Nicole E. Williams, M.D., FACOG, The Gynecology Institute of Chicago, Ltd.: 312.929.9191 c: 312.493.2500 gynecologyinstitute.com


Nicole​ ​E.​ ​Williams,​ ​MD,​ ​FACOG is on the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her medical degree from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. She continued her training with a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecology and Externship in Urogynecology, Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery with the Women’s Health Institute of Illinois. Dr. Williams was also awarded the John Burch Award, American College of Ob/Gyn. She has been awarded grants in various fields of gynecological research and is on staff at Rush University Medical Center.


In 2013, she founded the Gynecology Institute of Chicago to focus on Minimally Invasive Gynecology, Female Sexual Dysfunction, Menopausal Management, and Outpatient Urogynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine.


She currently serves on several boards including the Abbvie Pharmaceuticals Medical Advisory Board and Acessa Health Medical Advisory Board amongst others. She has been featured on local and national media outlets such as Redbook, Prevention, CBS Chicago, WomensForum.com, FOX Chicago, WGN Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times.