Today is International Beaver Day! And what better way to mark the occasion than by sharing seven must-know facts about beavers…
Okay, so technically International Beaver Day is about raising awareness on the population decline of a furry dam-building rodent found across the North America and Eurasia. If you’re looking for facts about actual beavers check this out. If you’re more interested in the kind of beavers that love to eat man-wood, read on!
Your Beaver is Acidic
Yup, your vagina is more acidic than the rest of your body. And even though that doesn't sound particularly healthy, having an acidic vaginal environment is SUPER important in protecting your beaver from infection and helps to keep the growth of bad bacteria and yeast in check.
Keep your vag happy and healthy by avoiding practices that can affect the vaginal PH, such as douching, or using soaps or perfumed products. The vulva (the external part) only requires gentle daily washing with warm water, while the vagina (the internal tube) is a self-cleaning organ – so, in terms of cleaning and 'maintenance', just leave the vagina to do its thang, baby!
Good Pelvic Floor = Better Sex
Studies show regular pelvic floor muscle training increases blood flow and contributes to greater pleasure from penetrative sex and more intense orgasms. Exercising these muscles can increase blood supply and nerve activity in the vulva and vagina which, in theory, can all lead to greater pleasure.
Learn how to do it the right way, and ensure you can release your pelvic floor just as easily as you can squeeze it.
Just like your other body parts, your vulva and vagina will change throughout your life – and this is perfectly normal! Common changes include thinning of the vulval skin due to the hormonal changes of menopause, or a darkening of the vulval skin during pregnancy because of the increased blood flow to the area.
That being said, if you’re concerned about an irregularity or the health of your vagina or vulva for any reason, speak to your GP – not Dr Google!
Your Vulva and Vagina are Not the Same Thing
While a lot of people refer to the whole kit-and-kaboodle as a vagina, that’s not technically accurate. The vagina is a long muscular canal that runs from the cervix (the lower part of the uterus) to the outside of the body. The vulva is all the outer stuff — including the labia, urethra, clitoris, and vaginal opening.
The Clit Runneth Deep
The clitoris is like the tip of an iceberg. Although it was historically understood to be a pea-sized collection of nerve endings tucked away under the clitoral hood, science has proven that the clitoris is an expansive network of nerve endings – reaching 10 centimetres tip to tip, and shaped like a four-pronged wishbone – the vast majority of which exist beneath the surface.
Learn more about the this amazing part of the body via our blog post, Clitoracy: 10 Things Everyone Should Know.
Your Beaver Gets Deeper When Aroused
Science fact! Vaginas get deeper when we’re turned on. Normally, the vagina is somewhere between 7.5 to 15cm long, and 2.5 to 6.5cm wide. During arousal, the upper portion of the vagina elongates – pushing the cervix and uterus slightly deeper into your body to make room for penetration.
It’s Impossible to Lose a Tampon, or Anything Else
Whether you’re concerned about losing a tampon or bullet vibe – fear not. At the deep end of your vagina is your cervix: the bottom portion of your uterus. During childbirth, the cervix opens up as the baby passes through. But the rest of the time your cervix stays closed, so you can’t really get anything accidentally lost or stuck in there.