Of all the parts of our body, our genitalia contains the parts we almost never talk about, even though they are natural parts of our bodies. These two organs complete each other to create new life in one of the most pleasurable processes we can experience. So putting shyness aside, I'd like to share with you some very educational facts about the male and female genitalia that may surprise you.
9 Facts About the Penis
The small appendage has a plethora of nicknames, as well as some surprising facts.
1. The penis has no bones, so how does it harden?
Apes and monkeys have bones in their penis, but humans do not. The penis has fiber tissues that swell up with blood, and that is how it gets hard. If you've heard about people 'breaking their penis', you should know the reason for the break is actually from damage to its outer tissue. If the problem is left untreated, scar tissue can form and cause Peyronie's disease, causing pain, erectile dysfunction and damage to the shape of the penis.
2. Size does matter... to men
Studies show that the average length of an erect male penis is 13.12 cm, but researchers also found that this information doesn't make most men feel good about themselves, even if they have a higher-than-average size. A study performed at King's College in London found that penis size anxiety is related to undiagnosed depression.
3. The health of the body and that of the penis are linked
If you're a man and you've been having a hard time getting an erection lately, you should examine your lifestyle. Are you sleeping enough? Have you gained a bit of weight? Men who are overweight tend to have lower levels of testosterone in their bodies, and so may suffer erectile dysfunction. Men who aren't sleeping enough or who don't exercise may also harm their ability to have an erection.
4. It can grow
A pair of Italian urologists from the University of Turin who were not satisfied with the size of their members, conducted a research on a system known as “stretching”. The system is supposed to help increase the size of your penis without surgical intervention. The men who took part in the research would stretch their penis for several hours a day over the course of four months. The results were an increase of 1.5-2.5cm (0.6-1 inch). If you’re looking for an easier way to make your own organ grow, another study found that during oral sex, penis measurements increase than in other kinds of arousal.
5. It’s more flexible than you think
A research conducted in 2002 in the University of Stanford, researchers analyzed pictures of couples during coitus inside an MRI machine. They discovered that in the missionary position, the penis bends to a boomerang-like shape when it’s in the vagina.
6. Cigarettes can make it smaller
Research show that cigarettes not only lower a person’s libido, it also may cause weaker erections. The reason is that smoking shrinks the arteries, thus hindering the erection process.
7. It’s actually a large clitoris
Believe it or not, but when we’re still in the womb, we first develop a vagina. Once the testosterone kicks in, the genitals become masculine (but a clitoris still has twice as many nerve endings as the penis).
8. Your appeal is directly related to your sperm count
During research conducted in Spain, researchers showed women pictures of men with high, average, and low sperm count and asked them to choose the most attractive-looking ones. The majority of women selected photos of men with a higher sperm count.
9. You don’t need a brain to ejaculate
The command to ejaculate doesn’t come from the brain, but instead is a reflexive response that comes from the spinal cord. Once the command is sent, the brain is notified and only then the sensation of orgasm occurs.
9 Facts About the Vagina
Women know that the vagina is an impressive organ – it can bring pleasure, pain, and even tiny humans, but there are quite a few things you probably didn’t know about it.
1. It grows when you’re aroused
In a relaxed state, the vagina is about 10 cm (4 inches) deep on average, but during intercourse it can grow and deepen up to three times that size. When a woman is aroused, the muscles in her abdomen contract, pulling the uterus upwards while widening the vagina.
2. Not all women are born with a hymen
Even women with a hymen know that it varies in thickness, as well as the area it covers. This basically means that it’s impossible to determine if a woman is a virgin by checking the hymen.
3. It’s normal to want to go to the toilet during intercourse
Even if you urinate before engaging in sexual activities, you may feel the need to pee again during intercourse. There are several reasons for that – Vaginal stimulation can cause stimulation in the urethra and even the bladder, causing the urge to urinate. The other reason is nerve mix-up. There are a lot of things going on down there during sex, which can lead to your nerves getting confused.
4. Women enjoy sex more than men, but less often
An average male orgasm lasts a mere six seconds. In contrast, the average female orgasm lasts about 23 seconds. On the other hand, researchers found that 30% of women orgasm only once in four acts of intercourse, and 16% of women reported never having experienced an orgasm.
5. Condoms don’t affect the quality of sex
The University of Indiana conducted a study and discovered that women claim that their likelihood of achieving orgasm has nothing to do with the use of condoms. The ability to orgasm is only affected by variation during intercourse. When women receive oral and manual stimulation during intercourse, they reported a higher likeliness to orgasm.
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6. The vagina’s odors change throughout the day
Different vaginas have different odors, and during the day, these odors change. After a shower, the vagina usually has no scent at all; physical exercise gives it a musky scent. During ovulation, the odor is metallic, and after intercourse it can smell like bleach (because of the scent of semen). A “fishy” smell is usually the result of bacterial growth.
7. The clitoris has more nerve endings than any other part of your body
The clitoris contains over 8,000 nerve endings, which can cause pleasure, and even pain when stimulated. For comparison, the penis only has 4,000 nerve endings. Intense stimulation of the clitoris can even affect 15,000 more nerve endings in the entire pelvic region.
8. It actually lets you know when you’re ovulating
If you pay attention to your body, your vagina will let you know what the best time to get pregnant is. During ovulation, the vaginal walls become more “rubbery” and can stretch more.
9. Washing your vagina may damage it
If you’re worried about your personal hygiene, you should know that your vagina can clean itself. Similarly to how tears help with cleaning the eyes, the vagina releases its own fluids for the same reason. Washing your vagina may cause it to lose its natural flora (good bacteria), leaving it vulnerable to infections like UTIs, Bacterial Vaginitis, and more.