When a woman's body gets ready for sex, the vaginal glands secrete a fluid that acts as a lubricant. This is a necessary process that protects her delicate private parts, and also readies her vagina for penetration, making it easier for her partner to insert his penis.
Lack of sufficient lubrication is a problem for many women, especially those who experience arousal problemswomen on certain medications or those going through the menopause as it can make intercourse quite painful for both man and woman and cause tearing, inflammation and irritation while destroying the natural bacteria.
Read : What you need to know about vaginal lubrication Curiously, some women primarily from more traditional societies are going against their bodies' natural instincts and are resorting to extreme measures to prevent lubrication and keep their vaginas bone dry and, thereby, 'tighter' and 'warmer'. Despite the pain that accompanies dry sex, men and women from these communities believe that a dry vagina adds friction and tightness during intercourse, making it more enjoyable - for men. In a report for the Guttmacher Institute, Women want sex Crouch Karen E. Kun writes that ''In South Africa, men have reported that vaginal wetness during sexual intercourse is an indicator of a woman's infidelity, and have also associated vaginal lubrication with sexually transmitted diseases STDs and the use of contraceptives.
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She also mentions that in some traditional households a woman's reputation depends on the size Women want sex Crouch her vagina, which they then hope to tighten by drying the vagina out. According to Wasserman these men and women don't understand that the vagina is capable of expanding during sex - and then back to its usual size afterwards. They also believe that if a woman has a partner with a large penis, her vagina will remain permanently 'stretched', and future partners will think she is promiscuous.
Read: 10 quick facts about vaginal dryness From a male perspective, the experience is not necessarily more appealing. Men's Health, in a report on painful sexual habitsnoted that a dry vagina can make penetration not only more difficult but also more painful, causing a burning sensation and redness. It is possible for the delicate tissues of the penis to tear, further increasing the likelihood of transmitting an STI.
Methods used to dry out the vagina. Some women in Indonesia avoid foods such as pineapple and cucumber, which are believed to induce vaginal lubrication, while others go as far as to insert dry rags into their vagina, wash with herbs or insert chalk, leaves, stones or sand to achieve their desired dryness. Some of the agents cause the vaginal walls to swell, which contributes to the feeling of tightness. Some Women want sex Crouch also douche with detergents, antiseptics, alcohol or bleach.
Tissues, toilet paper or powders may also be stuffed into the vagina to dry it out. The ingredients in these sweets include prune powder, citric acid, salt, sugar and flavouring. Desperate women spend inordinate amounts of money on the sweets, believing that they help to tighten the vagina, though experts say it may be purely all in the mind.
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Using any substance that interferes with the pH levels of the vagina can result in a much higher chance of contracting vaginal Women want sex Crouchwhile "dry sex" also has serious health consequences. Because lubrication is needed when a condom is used during sex, the absence thereof often contributes to the condom tearing. Safer ways to achieve tighter penetration Health24's sexologist, Dr. Marelize Swartadvises couples to rather explore different positions to aid with tightness and friction during intercourse. And don't forget the Kegel exercises!
Tummies down Image: Cosmopolitan The lady lies down on her stomach, keeping her legs straight. The man, also on his stomach, lies down on top of her and stretches his body over hers, with his legs positioned on the outside of hers.
Lady-Frog Image: Pinterest The man sits on the edge of the bed, with his feet on the ground. The woman squats before him on the edge of the bed with her back to him like a frog.
Seated Ball Image: Pinterest The woman crouches, while the man enters her from a half-sitting position behind her. For more on sexual health, post a question to our sexologist or visit our sex centre.
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