The vaginal anatomy…. have you ever wondered the very parts that make us woman are?
Of course, we know this amazing body part can bring about intense pleasure, annoying pain and even another tiny human being. In short it is pretty awe-inspiring!
Other than that how much do you know about the various components that form the anatomy of the vagina?
That is until something goes wrong…then we panic! And we realize how little we actually know about the structures and workings of our "va-jay-jay".
No doubt this part of the female body is low maintenance and hidden from view. But it is to our advantage if we get to know the various structures of the vaginal anatomy well- how they look like and their functions. Not only will it be a start to better vaginal health but most importantly we will enjoy a more gratifying sex life for ourselves and our partner.
Another bonus point is that when we are familiar with our female genitalia, we can take immediate action when problems arise. Because we know what is normal or abnormal for us, seeking medical attention promptly can prevent serious complications.
Before we start off on our journey of self-exploration on both the external and internal vagina anatomy, let us have a general view of the area between our legs which is correctly called the vulva, first.
You may be surprised to find out that the components that make up the structures within the vulva are the same as the building blocks that make up our face, skin, hair and mucus membrane (the outer membrane that produce secretion).
From outside, the vulva extends from the bony area at the front (which is covered by a woman’s skin and pubic hair) to the anus at the back.
Well, the hair is there for a reason. It provides cushioning during sex and prevents friction. It is also an aphrodisiac! It traps vaginal odor and the smell sends hormonal messages to attract a potential partner.
And between the vulva there are skin folds that cover the clitoris, the opening to the urethra (where urine is expelled from the bladder) and the opening to the vagina.
Just as we apply facial moisturizers daily, there are times where our lady parts needs vaginal moisturizers to keep it moist and supple too.
For instance, vaginal infection or inflammation can cause rashes and itchiness and vaginal pimples. It can be very painful, as the vulva is more sensitive.
While a man’s genital is all “hanging out” and so.. obvious, we women have to use a mirror if we want to do a vaginal self-exam.
Most of us will normally check what is going on down there when something is not right such as having smelly vaginal odor or abnormal vaginal discharge. At other times it is out of sight out of mind, right?
Just like doing a self breast examination, I would advice that you do a spot check of your vaginal anatomy every month.
So, grab a hand mirror, push apart your vaginal lips (labia) and check for growths such as genital warts, tender areas or discolored patches just to make sure everything is okay. Chances are, you won’t find anything serious. But if something appears suspicious, bring it to your gynecologist’s attention as soon as possible.
After reading this overview of the vagina anatomy, let's continue and get to know the external vaginal anatomy.Back to top
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