Is your vagina normal? The question may seem outlandishly strange, but it's something of a concern apparently.
Over a third of British adults are concerned that their genitals aren't normal, a new survey of 2,300 Brits between 18 and 30 years of age by MedExpress has found. In fact, 73 percent of the female participants felt as though their genitals weren't normal, while only 27 percent of the male participants did as well. The number one reason came in at 43 percent being that they thought their genitals didn't look the same as the ones they saw online and in the media.
Another 18 percent were worried about their smell, and over 3/4 of the participants felt like their concerns took away from their sex life, keeping them from achieving orgasm.
It all seems a little strange, but really, can we blame these people who feel this way? There are products promoted to change our genital scents, the look of our goodies, and even contests for what is supposed to be the prettiest, the sexiest, the most perfect of the bunch. How can we not feel a little self-conscious?
But while we may be able to see where these participants are coming from, for example, it doesn't make it OK. In a time when body positivity is being shoved in our faces to counteract all the negative garbage out there, we've got to get a grip.
So, when you're feeling self-conscious about your genitals, just check out these five things that will get you back on track.
1. Check out the labia library.
The Labia Library shows all different types of women's genitalia. And no, it's not illustrations or perfectly posed images solely based for your viewing pleasure. It's the real life stuff that will make you realize every individual is wonderfully unique.
2. Air brushing happens.
When you see genitalia in magazines and online, often times they're air brushed. Seems strange, but it's like a makeup commercial for smooth skin. You can't show an image with a person experiencing a mild breakout or wrinkle here and there to promote a product they say, and same goes for viewing the goodies. It's just not real life.
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3. It's the key to pleasure.
Other people enjoyed your genitals so much that they orgasmed with them. Just think of that. No one cared if they were "normal" or not then, and they certainly don't now.
4. Were all the people you were into "perfect" down there?
So you have a mole and some ingrown hairs. So what? When you were digging another person and saw them naked, did you think they weren't normal enough for you? Probably not. From dimples to hairs and shaving marks, nothing is "perfect" so just go with the flow.
5. Go ahead and pleasure yourself.
When your confidence is down, just go ahead and give masturbation a try. There's nothing sexier than the thought of your own body being able to pleasure itself.
Have you ever had a similar thought that your genitals weren't normal?
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