We do things to our vaginas that we really shouldn’t, like douching and washing it on the inside.
A lot of people use “vagina” as a catch-all term when referring to the vagina, but the outside, visible parts like the labia, clitoris, urethra, and vaginal opening are actually the vulva. The vagina, on the other hand, is the muscular passageway that connects the vulva to the cervix.
1. You can bruise your vagina. Landing on a steel horizontal surface with your lady parts hurts very badly and can bruise you. If you get a vaginal hematoma, you might notice a bump, swelling and/or black and blue coloring of the affected area. You can also get these from childbirth.
2. You can cut yourself. Many below the belt injuries are related to hair removal, and anyone who’s shaved or had a bikini wax knows they can result in unintentional cuts and nicks. These cuts can allow viral entry into your body, potentially increasing your risk for sexually transmitted infections. Be sure to get checked out by a doctor if you notice a lesion or a bump so you can rule out genital herpes or warts.
3. You can burn the hell out of yourself. When you get a Brazilian or do it yourself, hot wax is involved. And if the wax is too hot, it can cause major irritation and even burns. No one wants a burned vulva or labia — it’s painful just thinking about it. Make sure that your waxing technician not only knows the exact right temperature, but also uses a thermometer to gauge it. If you’re doing it yourself, test the temperature of the liquid wax on your wrist before you apply it to your sensitive bikini area.
4. You can tear your labia. If you’re too dry down there and didn’t use (or have) enough lubrication, you can rip your labia. It’s easy enough to tell if you have a tear if you see blood coming from the area, feel uncomfortable peeing, and/or have pain after having sex. In addition, while tears aren’t that common, you can get them a little more frequently if you’re using a sex toy with too much force. If you think you have a tear, go to the doctor. The good news is that often, the treatment plan is to just let the tear heal on its own, though there are times stitches may be needed.
5. You can break or fracture your pelvic bones. This is a fairly rare occurrence, as a result of falls and car or bike accidents. Luckily, most pelvis fractures are minor, and while they’re painful, they usually don’t require surgery. However, if you’ve been in an accident or are worried about a break, make sure to get an X-ray to find out for sure. The best course of action is to take care of your lady parts because they can get injured just like any other part of the body. And you want your vagina to be healthy for your entire life.