How deep is a vagina? What to know - Olivia
A woman's vagina is a sex organ as well as part of the birth canal. Just as women can have different sized breasts, hands, and feet, the size and depth of vaginas can also vary. According to one study, the average depth of a vagina is about 3.77 inches, which is 9.6 centimetres (cm). Other sources suggest that the average range of size may be about 3 to 7 inches(approximately 7.6-17.7 cm)
However, these variations in size are not usually apparent, even to a sexual partner.
Size and appearance of the vagina
An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology said that the average depth of the vagina is about 3.77 inches (9.6 cm), but that vaginal depth and appearance can vary widely.
In fact, the depth of the vagina (from the opening to the tip of the cervix) can measure anywhere up to 7 inches (17.7 cm).
The vagina is the canal to the cervix, which separates the uterus and the vagina.
Several types of tissue line the inside of the vagina, including the mucosa. The mucosa is made up of specialized cells that secrete a lubricating fluid, which helps the vaginal walls to stretch.
The exterior portion of the female genitals is the vulva. The vulva includes the labia minora and major - the lip-like parts of the female genitals.
The appearance of vulvas varies widely. The skin may be the same colour or darker than the rest of the body. The labia majora, which are the external "lips," can vary from around 2.7 to 4.7 inches (7 to 12 cm) in length.
The clitoris ranges from about 0.1 to 1.3 inches (5 to 35 mm) in size but swells and enlarges if a woman is aroused.
What affects vaginal size?
The vagina's size and depth changes in certain situations. It can stretch to accommodate the insertion of a tampon, a finger, or a penis.
During arousal, more blood flows to the vagina. This causes the vagina to elongate and the cervix, or tip of the uterus, to lift up slightly, allowing more of a penis, finger, or sex toy to fit in the vagina.
While a vagina expands during arousal, a large penis or sex toy can still cause discomfort when having sex.
How does the vagina change over time?
The vagina will not change in appearance, as it is internal. In fact, research has found no link between the depth of a person's vagina and their age.
However, the labia may appear smaller over time. This is because the amount of estrogen in the body decreases with age, which can reduce fat and collagen.
The genitals may also appear to change colour, becoming lighter or darker with hormonal changes over time.
Some women may find that their vagina feels different following childbirth. While the tissues in the vagina do stretch to accommodate a baby, this is not permanent.
Research has found no difference in vaginal length between women who had given birth and those who had not.
If a person thinks their vagina feels different after childbirth, a doctor may recommend Kegel exercises, which involve squeezing and releasing the muscles used to control urination to help strengthen the pelvic floor.
Vagina size and penis length
The average erect penis is about 33 per cent longer than the average vagina. While both penis and vagina sizes can vary, these organs can usually accommodate each other.
A 2015 study found the average erect penis length to be just over 5 inches (13.12 cm). Some women may report discomfort if their sexual partner has a penis that is larger than average.
It may be painful or uncomfortable if an object such as a penis or sex toy hits the cervix. Having adequate lubrication and communicating any discomfort to a partner can help keep sexual activity pleasurable.