Poor vaginas have been the subject of some pretty bonker myths over the years. Some old wive's tales told stories of vaginas filled with teeth — vagina dentata — that emasculated any man unlucky enough to get near it. Yikes. Unfortunately, there are still plenty of modern myths about vaginas you might not realize you believe. Even though these stories don’t involve growing an extra set of teeth, they are still wrong.
Most of the myths are rooted in some ideas about the inherent cleanliness of women’s bodies, and the way sex and childbirth may change them. So to be clear: there is nothing naturally unclean or nasty about a vagina. As long as you keep up with basic hygiene practices, your lady parts should be happy and healthy. Furthermore, you will not “wear out” your vagina by having a lot of sex or giving birth. They are pretty resilient organs, after all.
Although you’re probably well-informed in all matters of the vagina, it’s a good idea to take a sanity check now and then to make sure these outdated ideas aren’t still hanging out in your brain. Because there’s no need to feel bad about your totally normal body.