At what age do we start having period conversations with our little ones? And when we start the conversations on periods with them, do we start by getting to know if they are aware of the difference between the urethra and vagina? This brings a little confusion if I may say. There are three holes down there. Knowing their difference is very important so that sometimes when laying your pad on your panty it’s best to know which hole you are targeting, lest you get a period leak.
This knowledge also helps when one decides to use a tampon or a menstrual cup which isn’t recommended for young teenagers but adults (will talk about it in our next post).
Down there has three holes: the urethra, vagina, and anus. Did you know that the vulva houses the vagina and urethra? And that the clitoris is above the urethra. How about we delve more into what they are?
The vagina is an opening for menstrual blood. It is also a pathway used by a baby during birth. Quite a number of things can be inserted through the vagina for example penis during sex, tampon, menstrual cup, and sex toys.
The urethra is an opening that allows the passage of urine. It connects to the bladder which acts as storage for urine and releases it at an appropriate time.
The anus is an opening of the rectum. It has nerve endings that allow sexual pleasure. That’s why people talk of anal sex but don’t try it, it has negative side effects.
I’m hoping you don’t confuse the three holes next time. Sometimes a doctor prescribes a drug that should be inserted into the vagina or urethra without telling you where exactly it’s to be inserted. Make sure you insert the drug in the appropriate hole. Please don’t be shy to ask him or her. I remember one day going to the hospital and after having a chat with the doctor he recommended a drug that I was to insert in God knows where. He didn’t explain where it was to be inserted. I did what I thought was right and got healed, which was a risk.
Ladies be checking down there to get more familiar with the holes. Besides, it can help you notice any inappropriate changes that need serious doctor’s attention.
Check the illustrated picture below for more details:
Parenthood, Planned. “How Many Holes Does a Female Body Have down There?” Planned Parenthood, Attia@PlannedParenthood, 28 Oct. 2019, 11:00, www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/help-i-know-alot-about-sex-and-everything-but-i-dont-know-anything-about-what-holes-are-for-what-i-dont-even-know-how-many-are-down-there-please-help.
I believe the first thing that we should do as women before period talks are to explain to our kids their body anatomy and how everything works. What do you think?