7 Myths And Facts About Women's Intimate Region

Date December 8, 2017

Our culture constructs myths surrounding certain topics, especially those which are considered taboo. Some of the most widely spread myths about femininity are related to women's intimate region. Let's look at some of these myths which have been created about us:

1. Bad odor of the intimate region.

Many people believe and insist that the genitals smell bad. However, this assessment assumes that the body's own natural smell is unpleasant. It's important to keep in mind that our intimate region also contains sweat glands. That is the normal smell which our body produces. It's true that this smell can change depending on the food we eat, hormonal imbalances, diseases or bad hygiene.

2. This area doesn't age and always looks the same.

This is completely false. Do you know of anything that isn't affected by the passage of time? As our body grows, it develops and gets older. This process also happens to our genitals. During the phase before puberty, a woman's intimate region looks very different. Pregnancy changes the region drastically, and so too does aging.

3. Secretions in this area always indicate a disorder.

This is completely false. Just as with odors, secretions may be normal and form part of the body's excretions. Doctors do recommend we pay attention to the viscosity, color, and smell of such secretions. If they're off-white or transparent in color and don't smell foul, then there's nothing to worry about. Otherwise, it's best to see a doctor.

4. Proper hygiene is only possible after douching.

Totally false. In fact, douching can cause many problems in a woman's intimate region: it alters the pH and gut flora, can cause itching and even burns. Cleaning should be very gentle, without being directly exposed to water, such as with a douche or bubble bath.

Now let's look at some facts which are true, that will surprise you even more:

1. A woman's intimate region can save lives.

According to several studies, a woman's intimate region is the region where mother cells come from. These cells come from menstrual fluid and renew themselves. They're known as regenerative endometrial cells and work to reverse cerebral-vascular damage, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease and diabetes.

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2. A woman's intimate region can reveal information about one's health.

If we pay attention to this region - the color, smell, texture, and secretions - we can learn a lot about our own body, from the ovulation process to physical conditions.

3. The intimate region acts as a buffer zone which protects women.

Nothing can cross into this region. Don't worry because the area is designed to protect you from any foreign body. It acts as a barrier.

And now for the additional piece of information that, in the beginning, men and women are all the same: during the first 8 weeks following conception in the womb, the fetus has no defined reproductive organs. In fact, what later forms and makes up these organs begins as exactly the same for both sexes.

Understanding more about your body will help you to understand each of the processes you go through over the course of your life, making more sense of each phase.

Sources: Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Redbook

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