Clueless man: Gosh, isn’t it obvious? All women pee from their vaginas. Trust me, I have seen many vaginas in my life.
So do women actually pee from the vagina?
Not really, unless you have a urethra-vaginal fistula (a medical condition in which there is a hole between the walls of the vagina and the urethra, and urine actually flows through from the urethra into the vagina).
Actually, many women seem to think so too.
Many women I spoke with had the impression that pee actually comes from the vagina, some cited spotting blood in urine during menses as proof.
I am not surprised by the assumptions of close association as proof, because I think way too many women are unfamiliar with their nether regions.
Besides, many of our toileting hygiene, like using toilet paper to dry our vaginas after peeing, also appear to point to vaginas being pee holes.
A poll in 2014 on 1004 Australian women revealed that 50% of the women surveyed did not know what a normal vagina looks like, while only 15% of them saw other vaginas, as referenced in school science videos.
Hands up for those who have ever held a mirror down there for a good clinical look.
You may very well be one of the rare ones.
Where Does Urine Flow From, Then?
The urethra, is a tiny hole above the vagina opening and below the clitoris. It is connected to the bladder, where urine flows from the bladder to the urethra.
Because of its proximity to the vagina, urine can sometimes flow over the vagina opening, creating an impression that urine flows from the vagina. Which is why we use toilet paper to tap dry the area, despite its non participation.
Technically, women have 3 holes.
The Vagina – where babies, penis(s) and other things (if so inclined) slip in and out of. Vaginal discharge flows out of the vagina as part to the vagina’s amazing ability to self clean. Menstrual blood also flows out of the vagina as part of its monthly ritual.
The Urethra, as established, is the place whereby pee flows from.
If you have had a rather unfortunate encounter with an indwelling catheter and a urine bag, you can sometimes see cloudy sediments floating amongst your urine in the bag.
It is rather common to have cloudy sediments, we just tend not to notice it unless we are collecting the urine for doctor’s appointment or on the bag. That being said, it can also be a tell tale sign of possible infections or pieces of detached urinary tract lining.
The Anus – where poop comes out from. Nuff’ said.
One sexy fact:
Ever heard of the phenomenon of “squirting” during sex?
Contrary to popular belief, the squirts are actually not excited juices from the vagina. Squirts are basically burst of urine propulsed from the urethra when a woman gets excited, and finds herself unable to control herself.
Sorry to burst your bubble!
Holes and Smelly Issues:
It is important to note that these three holes are three completely different channels. Just imagine them as three different independent tubes that lay really close to each other, but have no content interactions at all.
In fact, it is considered serious medically if holes are formed between the “tubes” (these holes are called fistulas), causing the contents to mix and merge.
You will need to seek medical attention immediately!
Location, location, location
Because of the close proximity of the locations of the urethra, vagina and the anus, it is fairly common to mistake urine and feces odor to be vaginal odors.
Poor toileting hygiene habits such as not tapping dry after going toilet and letting moisture accumulate in the underwear is a sure fire way to build odors down there.
With regards to pooping, in this time and age of cleanliness, it is sometimes the over cleaning that creates the problem.
When we get too zealous in wiping clean, we can sometimes cause abrasions and breaks on the skin, resulting in infections.
One option is to consider adopting water washing instead as a milder cleansing option.
Every hole has its own smelly issues to contend with. Thus, it becomes important to distinguish the different sources for feminine odor, which requires different management approach.
Knowing our body, especially our feminine parts, is a great way to better health and hygiene, So go ahead, grab that mirror and hustle for some private time to get better acquainted with yourself 🙂
And the next time you hear anybody asking if women pee from vaginas, you can confidently tell them no!