When I was pregnant with my first child, I worked for a reproductive health provider. In other words, I talked about vaginas every day and with a ton of people who were literally vagina experts. As my due date approached, I was pretty nervous about what childbirth might do to my poor vagina. So, I asked a ton of questions and did some pretty weird sh*t to ensure that my vagina would make it through childbirth relatively unscathed. And it did. As a result, I learned there are things people need to stop saying about postpartum vaginas, because they are absolutely not true, they're sexist, they're rude, and they totally ignore the fact that vaginas are seriously amazing.
I, for one, am quick to tell you that my vagina is seriously badass. Not only has she (yes, of course my vagina is a "she") given me a ton of mind-blowing orgasms and served as a pathway for me to get pregnant, but she's helped me bring three beautiful babies into the world. She is strong and resilient, and having babies didn't change that. I love my vagina, and after I gave her time to heal after each of my babies was born, she's only grown stronger.
Now, I am not saying that vaginal childbirth doesn't change your pleasure purse. I had some minor vaginal and perineal tearing during childbirth, some people get episiotomies that require stitches, and others have vaginal prolapse and pelvic floor dysfunction that really can impact their lives (not to mention their sex lives). What I am saying, however, is that postpartum vaginas are still amazing and deserve some love (literally and figuratively speaking) no matter what they endure during labor and delivery. So, with that in mind, here are some of the things I'm tired of hearing about this truly incredible body part: