How deep is the vagina?  Quizzed a Ghanaian high school graduate during an online presentation on vaginal hygiene. Throughout my life I have been hearing more news on the size of the penis but not frequent about the size of the vagina. I take this opportunity to throw more light on how deep a vagina is, and some factors that can potentially increase the depth of the vagina.

How deep is the Vagina?

Every being is different and unique in different body architecture. Although Studies report that the depth runs across 3 to 7 inches. This means vagina depth can vary from one woman to another and from time to time for a particular woman. But on the average, vagina depth is about 3.77 inches, which is 9.6 centimeters (cm). Surprised? Don’t be . The depth of woman’s vagina is measured beginning from the tip of the cervix.

Does the depth of the vagina changes and what are the factors?

The depth of the vagina canal responds to changes during numerous activities ranging from sex, pregnancy and child birth. Be reminded that there aren’t any significant changes in the vagina depth in a particular female from her 20’s to menopause and beyond except during sexual arousal(activities) and child birth. During these times, the vagina only changes to accommodate whatever is going in or coming out. A major misconception about vagina depth is it being permanently stretched. The vagina is a wonderful organ that has an elastic property which allows it to expand and relax like a rubber band. With this property it can stretch in depth and width to allow penis and babies go in or out respectively. When you feel your vagina is permanently loose then there is a probability of losing your vagina elasticity which only happens in rare scenarios and you need to contact your doctor quickly without hesitation. Below are details on how each activity in sexual arousal and child birth affect vagina depth.

Sexual activities

Sexual responses and stimulations such as arousal and orgasm largely increase the depth of the vagina to accommodate penetration. It has been documented by research that when the vagina is aroused during sex it increase in depth from 3 to 7 inches adding about two third its original size.  Research also have it that the sexual arousal lifts the cervix and creates a little space or reservoir to allow semen to swim and create way for fertilization. Isn’t it interesting?  Increase in depth due to sex is not permanent. The vagina returns to its normal state, heal itself and prepare for any other adventure.

Child Birth

During pregnancy, the body of women goes through series of body changes. These changes affect the vagina, breast, abdomen and other significant parts. Though others like increase in abdominal size and breast are visible, that cannot be said about the vagina. Many women therefore wonder if there will be significant change in the depth of their vagina. Remember serving as a passage for a whole human being isn’t easy. Obviously, this should alert you that there will be changes in depth of the vagina. During child birth, the vagina stretches and increases in depth in order to allow the baby to pass through and be delivered safely. These changes on the vagina are temporal.

In conclusion, note that the vagina is not permanently stretched in depth. When there is any suspicion of pain and discomfort as well as feeling your vagina is loose, refer to your physician or a specialist as soon as possible. Remember the vagina is designed wonderfully. Keep it safe.

This blog pro­vides infor­ma­tion about vaginal health and related sub­jects. The blog content and any linked materials herein are not intended to be, and should not be con­strued as a substitute for, med­ical or healthcare advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any reader or per­son with a med­ical con­cern should con­sult a healthcare provider. This blog is provided purely for informational purposes.

The article was written by Godfrey Yeboah Amoah and published at Translation and voice note were done by Mrs. Nancy Boateng

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah
Godfrey Yeboah Amoah

Godfrey Yeboah Amoah is a reproductive health and rights activist and the founder of Vagicare Konsult. A medical Laboratory scientist by profession and specialty in population and health, Godfrey combines his professional knowledge, experience and specialty to educate females on quality reproductive health practices


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