A guy friend of mine asked me how I liked my new car. I told him that I was very happy with it. He had considered buying the same car as mine but went with something less expensive and said he justified this purchase by saying, “you know cars are like women, all the same on the inside.” We both laughed and he said, “I can only tell you this because you are in the sexual health field.” As a woman who knows more about vaginal health than car buying (even though a lot of men comment on my great car purchase) I have to disagree with him on both counts. Just like seats, dashboards, leather interiors, and sun-roof sizes all vary between makes and models, no two vaginas are alike!

Women are probably more similar to cars than they are to other women. After all, both rev up, take a bit to get going, and perform in their own way. Both women and cars have headlights and require varying degrees of maintenance. Furthermore, lubrication is necessary to perform optimally. Although there is some fundamental similarity between different types of automobiles such as body makes and four tires, vaginas are similar in that they are all hollow, muscular organs that expand to accommodate a man’s penis or baby’s head and that estrogen is the hormone regulator of the vagina, the similarity ends there.

Different vaginas accommodate different size penises. What may be comfortable and pleasurable for one woman may prove less than satisfying or even painful for another. This relates to size of a particular woman’s vagina and the elasticity as well as her ability to lubricate (which may be tied to her comfort and her mind’s ability to fantasize or to be in the moment). There are many differences between women’s sexual sensations as well. Many women many find sex very pleasurable and many do not enjoy this same bliss. Only about 30% of women have ever experienced orgasm and 70% of women require clitoral stimulation in order to experience orgasm. The odds are stacked against women when it comes to experiencing orgasm so it is vital for her vagina to be healthy.

When a woman’s vagina is not healthy, she may experience anything from vaginal dryness to itching, burning, thin watery or curd like discharge, bleeding, pain and/or decreased sexual sensation. It is important for women to keep their vagina moist. I always say, it is just as important to moisturize your vagina as it is your face. So I guess women are more like cars once again; lubrication is important to keep all parts moving well under the hood.

Women need to know that there are a number of available vaginal moisturizers to choose from and, depending on preference, they can decide much like they choose the car they drive. Some effective non-hormonal moisturizers are:

Probably the most important similarity between cars and women is that both need to be kept in good condition from the inside out so she can drive herself back to the bedroom whenever she likes!

Maureen McGrath

Maureen McGrath

Host of the CKNW Sunday Night Health Show on Corus Radio. As a leading women's health expert and Registered Nurse, I understand the importance that sexual, vaginal, bladder and bowel health has on overall health and relationships.


  • Carmelo says:

    Fortunately, many men with erectile dysfunction find counselling and therapy extremely helpful, particularly when their sexual partner also

    • Hello Carmelo, Indeed men do find both counselling and therapy beneficial and it is vital that the partner attend too! This may help to decrease embarrassment for a man and increase understanding for the couple! Thanks for a very thoughtful comment. Maureen

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