Sex (Re)Education: Does Your Pussy Get Stretched Out?

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All kinds of misinformation circulates on the internet and–let’s be honest–amongst middle school boys about vaginas getting stretched out or “loose” when women have sex with multiple partners. There are three components to this widely believed myth.

1. A virginal vagina is extremely tight.

2. Losing your virginity means that extreme tightness is gone, and your vagina has been permanently “loosened”.

3. Having a lot of sex means your vagina is very loose.

The reality is, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Your p*ssy is actually somewhat of its own boss b*tch. Vaginas are made out of muscle that is elastic and stretchy, this special type of muscle allows the vagina to expand up to 200% when aroused to make room for whatever is being inserted into it. That means that the vagina will stretch more for larger objects, and less for (ahem) smaller ones. And when you think about it, this makes perfect sense. Of course vaginas can stretch, let’s not forget that they do just that when tiny humans exit out of them during birth.

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The stretching that occurs during arousal however, is NOT permanent (contrary to popular belief). When you’re no longer aroused, your vagina shrinks back up to its resting size. The logic that vaginas become permanently stretched out with each sexual encounter would be similar to saying that men who have a lot of sex will eventually have permanent erections. Our bodies change to accommodate activity of all kinds, including, if not especially, sex.

Sex (Re)Education is a weekly series in which we debunk myths you learned during sex education back in grade school and high school.

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