The vagina is an extremely versatile organ. A vagina bleeds every month, gives the gift of life, as well as offers immense pleasure. What an icon.
The vagina is incredibly elastic. The vaginal canal is a tube-like structure that is comprised of skin tissue that is pleated together. These pleated ridges are called vaginal rugae.
The vaginal rugae allow the vagina to expand and contract. The vaginal canal can stretch to accommodate tampons, fingers, penises, and even 9-pound babies.
The depth of vaginas can vary from person to person however, this 2005 study found that the average depth of a woman’s vaginal canal is 3.77 inches. In another study, researchers found the average range of vaginal depth to be 2.7 to 5.8 inches.
There are a lot of misconceptions about stretching out vaginas because of lots of sex or childbirth, but the truth is vaginas are very resilient and highly adaptable. Because the vagina is an incredibly elastic organ, it easily adapts to various situations. The ability to expand is equal to the ability to contract.
It is very likely the vagina will shrink back to its normal state after an event like childbirth. The changes to a vagina postpartum are subtle and often can only be observed by clinicians.
A vagina can change over time naturally, just like every other part of the body. A lot of what is perceived as a “looser vagina” could just be weaker vaginal muscles. This can occur after childbirth or as you age.
Yes! During arousal, a vagina can double in length. The lengthening of the vagina is caused by something called “vaginal tenting” where the uterus and cervix are drawn up toward the pelvis, causing a lengthening of the vaginal canal.
The average erect penis size is 5.1 inches.
The average vagina is considerably shorter in length than an average penis. While the sizes might vary, both a man and a woman can normally accommodate each other for penetrative sex.
When aroused a woman’s vaginal canal can deepen. However, some women do report pain when a penis is too large for their vaginal depth.