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Everything You Need to Know About the Vagina

So! Vaginas. Having a solid understanding your lady parts is pretty important – it can help you enjoy masturbation or sex more (if that’s your thing), and you’ll be able to keep yourself healthy down there. We’ve sourced some great clips to explain women’s genitalia (a fancy word for vagina) and some diagrams to help you on your way. So first things first – which bit’s which?


Vagina or Vulva?

Heaps of us refer to a woman’s genitalia as ‘vagina’. But as you can see in this diagram, the bit which is call the vagina is actually just the opening between your legs which leads to your womb. Vulva is the accurate term for the outside genitalia. Scroll down for more info on each part – and remember this diagram is only an approximation what women’s genitals look like. Yours might be different and that’s okay!

 

 

 

 

Next up, we recommend watching Vulva – The Vaginas Neighbourhood with Dr Lindsey Doe (below). In this clip, Dr Lindsey explains the female anatomy and also impersonates the vulva to better explain how it all works. Worth a look.

Need to know more?


Below we have some facts about vaginas and vulvas, taken from this excellent website – The Labia Library. This site is awesome because they tackle the important questions like ‘Are my labia normal?’ (the answer is ‘yes’). If you haven’t seen it yet, go take a look! Pro tip: this site contains actual pictures of labia, so you may want to view it in private.

Vulva

The proper name for women’s outer genitals is the vulva. Just like any other part of the body, women’s vulvas come in all shapes and sizes. But they are hidden away and many people have never even seen their own. Labia (the lips or folds of skin that sit on either side of the vaginal opening) come in all shapes, sizes, colours and textures.

Pubic Hair


Pubic hair is the hair that grows around the genital and anal regions. It varies in colour, texture, length and thickness and often extends up the front or back or onto the thighs. Pubic hair provides protection and cushioning to your genitals, and transmits sensation. Some people choose to get rid of their pubic hair for fashion or cultural reasons.

Clitoris


At the top of the labia minora, there is a fold of skin called the clitoral hood. This connects to the tip of the clitoris. The clitoris actually extends internally and is full of nerve endings- 15,000 of them- and the tip of the clitoris is usually the most sensitive area on the vulva and is the only organ on the entire body that’s sole purpose is sexual arousal.

Labia Majora and Labia Minora


Women have two sets of labia: the labia majora (outer labia) and the labia minora (inner labia), which sit inside the outer labia. There are lots of other names for the labia minora. You might call them flaps or lips but, whatever you call them, the labia minora have a very important function. They protect the vagina and they’€™re also full of nerve endings that provide sensation and lubrication during sex.

Urethra


The urethra is the urinary opening, the tiny opening where you wee from.

Vagina


The vagina is the passage between the uterus and the external genitals. It is only one part of the vulva, but many people don’t know that there’s a difference between them and mistakenly call the entire outside part of women’s genitals the vagina. The only part of the vagina that’s visible from the outside is the opening. Most of the vagina is actually on the inside and it leads all the way up to the cervix.