Ready to join me on our journey of self –exploration of the external vaginal anatomy? Come on, get your trusted hand mirror and jump on board!
We will start with the external and then go on to the internal vaginal anatomy. You can refer to the diagram above and the reflection on your mirror as a guide.
Sometimes, a woman's entire genital region is referred to as the vagina. But in fact, the vagina is just part of the package. The outer portion of a woman's privates is actually the vulva. That includes the Mons Veneris, inner and outer labia, the clitoris, clitorial hood and the opening to the urethra and vagina.
Therefore, the vulva is the external sexual organ of a woman. It is this part of the vaginal anatomy we see when we stand in front of the mirror. This entire area is covered with nerve endings which is extremely sensitive to touch and stimulation.
The vulva is make up of:-
1. Mons Veneris
Hill or Mound of Venus (Venus is the Roman Goddess of Love) is the pad of fatty tissue that lies just above the opening of the vagina. It protects the pubic bone and other delicate organs and bones in the pelvic area from the impact of sexual intercourse.
Usually covered with a thatch of pubic hair, this is the part of the external vaginal anatomy we are most familiar with. The mound of Venus is one of the most erotic part of the body and is highly sensitive to touch.
2. Labia Majora
Outer set of vaginal lips. These are pads of fatty tissue that wrap around the vulva from the Mound of Venus to the perineum. These outer lips are covered with pubic hair and contain sweat and oil glands which provide the characteristic “musky” scent. Simply stroking the outer lips can easily set your sexual desires aflame.
3. Labia Minora
The inner pair of lips is commonly refer to as the flower. These are thin stretches of elastic tissue within the outer lips that fold and protect the vagina, urethra and clitoris. The appearance of the inner lips can vary widely among women. This is the part of the vagina which cause women a lot of stress.
Just know that it can be tiny lips that hide between the outer lips to large lips that protrude beyond the outer lips. This inner pair of lips might not be symmetrical and the edges are not totally smooth. The healthy thing is to understand that our inner labia are as unique as our fingerprints. Every woman is different. There is no right or wrong about it.
Most of us often think that our vaginal wetness comes from the vagina. In fact most of the lubrication comes from the Bartholin glands that line the walls of both vaginal lips.
4. Clitoris (Slang:"Little Man In A Boat")
It is a small bud-like formation between the inner lips and the clitorial hood. The clitoris is a small body of pink spongy tissue that is highly responsive to sexual stimulation. If you look carefully the clitoris and clitorial hood resembles a man's sex organ. The clitoris is the version of a mini penis and the clitorial hood resembles the foreskin of the penis.
The existence of the clitoris is solely for sexual pleasure. This tiny nub has 8,000 nerve endings. Therefore it is the "command central" of a woman's sexual responsiveness. Most women can achieve an intense clitorial orgasm either through their partner's oral and manual stimulation or "flying solo" (self-masturbation).
During sexual excitement, the clitoris extends and the hood retracts to make the bud more accessible. Much like the penis it becomes engorge with blood, doubles its size and transforms into a firm, erect "button" which is highly sensitive to touch!
It is normal for some women to have small clitoris and others to have larger ones where the clitoral hood does not completely cover.
This is the opening below the clitoris which is not related to sex or reproduction but for the passage of urine. It is connected to the bladder. As the urethra is situated close to the anus, it is good vaginal health habit to wipe from front to back after "defecation" to avoid infecting the vagina and urethra with bacteria from the anus.
A traditional symbol of “virginity”, it is a thin swatch of tissue that partially covers the vaginal opening. For some women it is a thin membrane that is easily torn by vigorous exercise or insertion of a tampon. Other women might be born with very thick hymens that need to be surgically removed before they can have intercourse or inserting a tampon.
This is a short stretch of skin starting at the bottom of the vulva and extending to the anus. It often tears during child birth to allow the passage of the baby.
I should also mention that there are many color variations to the external vaginal anatomy or vulva depending on your skin tone and whether or not you are sexually excited
After familiarizing yourself with these seven parts of the external vaginal anatomy, let us move on to the internal vaginal anatomy.