When it comes to the vagina, does size matter?
When we talk about size and sex, there is usually a focus on penis size, which can cause plenty of anxiety to those who have one.
In reality, concern about your size is something that also worries many women; one only has to visit maternity forums to realise the concern many have over having a vagina that is bigger, and sometimes even having one too small.
I can confidently assure you, dear reader, that we are neither too big nor too small, we are just perfect. And, for once, this is not a comforting lie, but the actual scientific proof – and here’s why.
The size of a vagina
First, let’s take a step back: what do we mean when we refer to the vagina?
It’s very common in casual conversation for people to use the term ‘vagina’ to refer to the entirety of the genitalia, including the erogenous zones.
However, the vagina is in fact only the canal intended to accommodate the penis and birth babies, while the exterior part that includes the clitoris and labia are called the ‘vulva.’ (By the way, if you’re concerned about having labia minora that are bigger than the labia majora – aka ‘outie lips – you’re in good company. Approximately 50 percent of people have vulvas that look like this.)
Now, this canal – just like the penis, like the hands, like the nose – has dimensions varying from person to person, and is generally between 6 and 9cm, but, also like the penis, it has the ability to lengthen.
Rather than a tube, a vagina can be better thought of like an umbrella; normally it is folded in on itself, but has the ability to open up to accommodate the penis – by up to 200 percent!
For this reason, the size of a penis (and of a vagina) count for a lot less than we think, because in reality the vagina adapts to accommodate the anatomy of the penis (or sex toy).
Excluding a few medical conditions, penetration shouldn’t hurt. If it is painful to have sex with a larger penis – or to have penetrative sex for the first time, for that matter – the culprit is much more likely to be a lack of adequate foreplay.
Foreplayensures that the vagina is expanded enough to comfortably be penetrated as well as lubricated to help things go more smoothly – though there are situations where using extra lube may be necessary.