I’m an NHS doctor and here are 4 things women don’t know about their vaginas
Vaginas help facilitate a number of things and help us have babies, enjoy sex and have periods.
While you might think you're clued up when it comes to down below – one doctor has said there are some things women don't know about their vaginas.
Posting to TikTok, Dr Karan Rajan revealed a surprising fact about the vagina.
He said: "The inside of your cheek is the same type of tissue and texture as a vagina.
"In fact doctors can and have successfully transplanted the tissue from the mouthin a surgical procedure to help young girls with missing vaginas.
"That's a thing, it happens in about one in every 4,000 people."
In the comments section of the video, Dr Rajan joked that many people would now be touching the inside of their cheek to feel the texture.
In a separate video, Dr Rajan revealed a second thing that women might not know about down below and said the vagina actually has some similarities with sharks.
He said the two things have squalene in common, which is a compound secreted by the vagina which is a natural lubricant.
"In sharks squalene is found in their livers and it's basically shark liver oil. Actually it's found in our livers too and our skin and through our body and it keeps our bodies hydrated and lubricated.
"It's also added to some make-up and skin care products in it's more stable form squalanes."
In a third fact finding video, Dr Rajan said women can't actually 'lay eggs' during their monthly cycle.
It came after one TikTok user said that women were able to lay eggs during their menstrual cycle.
Dr Rajan also revealed that the 'vagus nerve' isn't actually near the vagina.
He explained that it's the 10th cranial nerve and that 'what happens in the vagus nerve does not stay in the vagus nerve'.
"It controls your heart rate, your lungs, your diaphragm, your breathing rate and if you stimulate the vagus nerve – and you can do that by gargling water or splashing cold water over your face then it can help to lower your heart rate and your blood pressure."
When it comes to vaginas, the NHS say everyone is different and that each one is unique.
Dr Suzy Elneil, consultant in urogynaecology and uroneurology at University College Hospital, London said: "Like people, vaginas are completely individual. No two are the same."
Where is the vagina and what can I do to keep it healthy?
The vagina is a tube about 8cm (3in) long, which leads from the cervix (the neck of the womb) down to the vulva, where it opens between the legs.
The NHS explains that the vagina is very elastic, so it can easily stretch around a man's penis or around a baby during labour.
Dr Elneil. said: "Vaginas vary in shape, size and colour.
"Some are small and ovoid [egg-shaped], some are large and cylindrical, and the colours can vary from light pink to a deep brownish red-pink. The important thing is that the vagina functions normally."
MAKE THE MOST OF IT
In order to keep our vaginas in tip top shape there are some things you can do to help it function at its highest capacity.
Dr Elneil said pelvic floor exercises can help.
un columnist Dr Zoe Williamspreviously explained.
The first step she said, is to feel your pelvic floor muscles. She said: "Imagine you are passing urine and try to stop the flow mid-stream.
"You should feel some movement in the muscles. Now imagine you are trying to stop wind escaping, from your back passage, these are pelvic floor muscles too.
"To exercise those muscles, sit comfortably and do a long squeeze, followed by ten short squeezes and repeat this cycle ten times."
Dr Zoe said you should have a sense of ‘lift’ each time you squeeze and that you should aim to do these three times a day.
"Don’t hold your breath, or tighten your stomach, bottom or thigh muscles at the same time.
"Then add in more squeezes and hold for a bit longer. After a few months, you should start to notice the results, so keep going.
"Even if you don’t have a problem with urine leakages, it’s worth exercising these muscles as part of your self-care regime", she said.
Dr Rajan previously revealed how everything you learnt about 'down below' in biology class was in fact a lie.
He referenced a classic diagram that most people were shown in class of the ovaries, fallopian tube and uterus.
He said: "Yeah well, it's wrong.
"Fallopian tubes are not attached to the ovaries, they lay very close but they are not touching.
"Technically the eggs from the ovaries are released directly into the abdomen and it's the job of these little tentacles on the fallopian tube the fimbriae to sweep the eggs inside it.
"Sometimes this can go wrong, the egg can actually miss the fallopian tube and settle somewhere inside the abdomen – this is known as an ectopic pregnancy."
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