Question: Why does it pinch or cause an uncomfortable feeling in my vagina when my belly button is pushed hard enough or played with?

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  • I’ve experienced similar symptoms in the past and it turns out I was experiencing…wait for it…a classic case of constipation! Wha wha wha...sad trombone. So make sure you’re eating enough fiber and drinking plenty of water (1 ½ to 2 quarts). If you think this might be the cause of your down-there troubles, try to get things moving with a high-fiber breakfast cereal, a few prunes, or some pineapple. And if your cramps are beyond what you believe to be normal for you, a healthcare provider will be able to offer some additional solutions. Don’t be afraid to ask. I'm also really curious to see what our Health Expert has to say!
  • I just tried to see if this would happen to me and my daughter gave me a strange look and said, "Why are you playing with your belly button?" I was curious about your question and wanted to see if I reacted in the same way. I did not feel anything, but that is o.k. because all of our bodies are unique and have different ways of reacting to tickling or pushing. You just might be a bit more sensitive than most girls. I am interested to see what our healthcare expert Sandy has to say about your question so let's both check it out.
  • This is a great question! I’ve actually wondered this myself, but never found the time to really investigate the answer, so I am so glad that you asked! Now that I’ve done my homework, I’ll share with you what I have learned.
    During your development as a very tiny baby (fetus), there is a common tissue that develops your belly button (umbilicus) as well as your vagina and bladder. Also, during the time that you are in utero (in your mother’s womb), your umbilical cord had the major job of bringing nutrients from your mother’s blood to your body and clearing out waste from your bladder back to your mother’s blood stream to be rid of through her kidneys and bladder. To do the second part of this job, there was a connection between the umbilicus and your bladder.
    At times, this connection does not completely close or there remains some communication between the pelvis and the belly button. The theory that exists is that through this canal, the nerve signal gets passed from your belly button to your pelvic region, including your bladder and vaginal area.
    https://www.healthtap.com/#user_questions/268712-is-there-a-connection-between-the-belly-button-and-the-vagina
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navel
    This is a great question! I’ve actually wondered this myself, but never found the time to really investigate the answer, so I am so glad that you asked! Now that I’ve done my homework, I’ll share with you what I have learned.
    During your development as a very tiny baby (fetus), there is a common tissue that develops your belly button (umbilicus) as well as your vagina and bladder. Also, during the time that you are in utero (in your mother’s womb), your umbilical cord had the major job of bringing nutrients from your mother’s blood to your body and clearing out waste from your bladder back to your mother’s blood stream to be rid of through her kidneys and bladder. To do the second part of this job, there was a connection between the umbilicus and your bladder.
    At times, this connection does not completely close or there remains some communication between the pelvis and the belly button. The theory that exists is that through this canal, the nerve signal gets passed from your belly button to your pelvic region, including your bladder and vaginal area.

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