Vaginal discharge is perfectly normal.
Female sexual health is a topic rarely discussed; however, it is an important aspect of understanding women’s bodies.
Quite often we are led to believe things about women’s sexual health that are untrue.
This is why it’s important to gain a better understanding of one’s sexual health and differentiate between myth and truth.
DESIblitz takes expert advice from a urologist and YouTuber Dr Rena Malik to debunk 5 commonly believed myths surrounding female sexual health.
Vaginal steaming has become a popular trend in the world of sexual health and usually involves sitting over a pot of hot, steaming water that may be infused with herbs.
The practice has been around for decades with women in countries like Thailand and Mozambique using it for reasons such as wellness and healing after childbirth.
However, is the practice really needed for the vagina and can it sometimes do more harm than good?
According to the expert urologist, Dr Rena Malik:
“It’s virtually impossible for steam that is just kind of evaporating into the vagina to actually reach the inside of the uterus itself because it’s even hard for water when you take a shower to reach in there.
“So, it’s certainly not going to cleanse anything on the inside, it’s really just going to touch the vaginal walls.”
There have even been safety concerns regarding vaginal steaming with some women having burnt themselves from the steam, causing damage to the sensitive skin in the vaginal area.
Dr Rena Malik’s video debunking the fad around vaginal steaming explains how this damage contributes to a harmful culture of trying to achieve a false sense of perfection surrounding vaginal health.
Ultimately Dr Rena Malik concludes that the practice is not worth the risks:
“There is no scientific evidence that vaginal steaming provides any of the myriad benefits that it claims to do so.”
The G-spot is a small sensitive area located in the anterior wall of the vagina and is an area where there are a lot of nerves.
However, there have been many debates about the nature and whereabouts of the G-spot in the vagina, which causes many to question whether it is essential in stimulating an orgasm.
Dr Rena Malik explains how for some women it can stimulate an orgasm but it’s not always the only thing that is necessary for every woman:
“For some women, they are able to orgasm with penetration to the g-spot but for most women clitoral stimulation is required for an orgasm to happen.
“Because the clitoris is basically the same sensitivity, the same tissue structure as the male penis so women need clitoral stimulation very often in order to reach orgasm.”
As Dr Rena Malik describes, G-spot stimulation can be effective in producing an orgasm.
However sexual activity for many women often involves stimulation of other parts of the vagina.
Thus, the idea that stimulating the G-spot is the only way for women to have an orgasm is a very popular myth.
For further information, it’s worth checking out Dr Rena Malik’s full video to gain a better understanding of where the G-spot is and how it is stimulated.
Whilst it is commonly known that males ejaculate, there has been some debate about whether or not females can ejaculate too.
In short, the answer is yes, women do ejaculate which disproves many common myths that they are peeing rather than ejaculating.
Female ejaculation occurs similarly to males whereby fluids are created from the Skene’s glands which are located nearby the g-spot.
These fluids are often expulsed from the urethra during sexual arousal or orgasm in some women.
Though it has been proven that women can, Dr Rena Malik notes that there has still been much speculation amongst women themselves about their awareness of their ejaculation:
“Women may not know or may not be sure if they are actually having any true female ejaculate.”
She goes on to explain the science behind why female ejaculation differs from peeing:
“It [female ejaculate] tested positive for something called prostate-specific antigen, which is only produced by prostatic tissue in men.”
Dr Rena Malik goes on to explain how the chemical makeup of ejaculate or squirting is very different from the chemical composition of urine, proving they are different.
Female ejaculation is perfectly normal but not necessarily all women experience it as it is not essential to having an orgasm or experiencing pleasure entirely.
In an educational video debunking myths about the clitoris, Dr Rena Malik explains how a vaginal orgasm and a clitoral orgasm are two different things.
There is a common myth that the two are the same thing and many individuals are hardly ever aware that there is a differentiation between orgasms.
In the video, Dr Rena Malik explains:
“The vagina itself is actually not rich in nerve endings and so women often don’t get sufficient stimulation through the vagina itself.”
This lends itself to explaining how vaginal orgasms differ from clitoral orgasms as she says:
“The large majority of nerve endings are near the vaginal entrance or the outer one-third of the vagina.
“When women experience orgasms from stimulation it’s because it’s stimulating the internal body of the clitoris which surrounds the vaginal canal.”
In the video, she also discusses that women should not feel frustrated if they aren’t able to orgasm from vaginal stimulation as it is very common:
“Some women tend to get frustrated because they feel like they can’t get vaginal orgasms and it’s not your fault.
“It’s likely just a function of how far the clitoral body and shaft is from the top and sides of the vagina which is nothing you can control.”
Vaginal discharge is perfectly normal and is a sign that the female body is fully functioning and working properly.
Despite concerns about discharge production, medical professionals have proved that the vagina is a self-cleaning organ that uses discharge to clean itself.
Dr Rena Malik explains exactly why vaginal discharge is so important for the body:
“The reason women have vaginal discharge is because it’s actually meant to protect your genital area from any sort of injury.
“It helps keep out any dead cells, bacteria, or debris that can get into the vagina.”
She also explains in her video that the amount of discharge can vary from person to person and each day.
This means there’s no ‘right’ or set amount of discharge produced by women.
“The amount of vaginal discharge you produce can vary day to day, it depends on what point of the cycle you’re in.
“Right after you menstruate your cervix usually produces a substance that is mucus-like or sticky and as the cycle continues it will start to begin thinner and stretchier.
“In the days before ovulation, it becomes even more watery and even thinner and so that fluid becomes very clear and slippery.”
When it comes to female sexual health, there are many myths and misconceptions which is why it’s important to listen to medical professionals like Dr Rena Malik who are debunking them.
Dr Rena Malik aims to educate people about all things urology including erectile dysfunction, increasing testosterone, urinary tract infections, prostate issues, sexual health and more.
So, it’s well worth checking her sex education videos out to gather the right information.
Sexual health is extremely important to the overall well-being of a woman, meaning misinformation can be extremely dangerous when taken seriously.