14 Things Every Woman Have To Know About Her Vagina

14 Things Every Woman Have To Know About Her Vagina

* Number 4 is very important to know! 

Women need to be more comfortable with their own anatomy! They should hold a mirror and look at their vulva closely and embrace what they are born with because there isn’t such a thing as a “normal” vulva or a “normal” vagina, and there is no right or wrong answer down there, whatever is yours, embrace!
There are so many parts and structures that make up the female sexual and reproductive anatomy, so you get a pass if you aren't deeply familiar with each and every one. ;-) 
Here is some insight to clear up some of the mystery.

1. No, what you see on the outside is NOT your vagina its the vulva. 
Despite popular use (even we use it) a vagina isn't the right word for the magnificent lady part between your legs.
 
The vulva is the right general term for the external parts of the female sexual anatomy.
 
The vagina itself is a tube that connects the vulva to the cervix and uterus, and serves as the birth canal during labor and is where menstrual blood flows from during a period.
 
So what exactly is a Vagina?!
 
Surprisingly enough, this is a very common question, and maybe the vagina diagram below can help you out as I’m sure you think you’ve got it all down but trust me, you don’t.
 
It's a whole world down there, and the vagina is just one part of it. Since knowledge is power, it's super important to know the anatomy of your vagina. 
 
To get to the heart of the matter, you have to go through a virtual tour of your vagina and beyond. so first of all, grab a mirror and a light and take a good look between your legs.
(Or you can even use the selfie setting on your phone’s camera ;-) ) 
 
Not only you should know what your body looks like, because, well, it's yours, but it will also help keep you safe and healthy. 
 
You should also take a close look to determine how your healthy baseline looks like, so that if you’ll ever notice anything different down there (i.e. redness, bumps, etc.) you must take care of it immediately! 

2. The only part of the vagina you can actually see externally is the vaginal opening.

The opening is the hole (of which you have three, counting the opening of the urethra and the anus) that you can see on the vulva, and is how you insert everything from tampons and menstrual cups to fingers and penises ;).  
 
3. You have TWO sets of Labia/Lips.
They're called the labia majora (the outer set) and minora (the inner set). A lot of people refer to these colloquially as "lips" because that's kinda what they look like.
  1. Labia Majora - the other lips. These are the first lips you see, and hair grows on them naturally. The labia majora's job is to protect the more sensitive parts inside. This is also where the sweat glands live. 
  2. Labia Minora/Inner Lips. Is the second layer of protection for the openings, and they also have glands that secrete lubricant to keep you comfortable.

4. We’re all different down there.
It is important for me to point out that the lips might not be symmetrical, they might extend beyond the labia majora and the end might not be totally smooth, and that's okay! It's totally normal! It's your normal! What is important for you to understand is that the Labia is as unique as our fingerprints. We’re all different down there. There is no right or wrong about it. 

5. Labia are responsible to protect from Bacteria. 

The labia are responsible for keeping your vagina safe and protected from bacteria and other pathogens. They also don't take kindly to things like lotion, scented soaps, and other body parts and/or sex toys. Be gentle! And that includes being gentle in whatever form of hair removal you do/don't partake in.

6.The magic nub - Clitoris! and the Clitoral Hood

That tiny little nub that can bring so much pleasure has 8,000 nerve endings. That's why it is super sensitive, and for many of us, fairy stimulating and is the best way to orgasm. 

The hood, that flap of skin that slides back and forth, is there to protect the clitoris and prevents irritation and arousal when you don't want it. The little button structure on the surface of the vulva extends deep into the body, down to the mouth of the vagina, and has structures that extend off of it like wishbones. It's a whole big thing!

7. The whole G-spot thing is kind of a vaginal urban myth... 
….For the most part. If you go spelunking inside of your own vagina, you're not going to find a magical location that could be labeled the G-spot. But that's not to write off the countless people who swear by G-spot stimulation and orgasms. What people probably think of as their G-spot is most likely an internal extension of the clitoris. Truly, a magical structure by all accounts.

8. Your cervix divides your uterus and vagina and is the thing you sometimes bump during sex. 

As Planned Parenthood so joyously phrases itthe cervix is a little structure at the opening of your uterus that looks like "a donut with a tiny hole in the middle." This hole is where menstrual blood comes out and sperm goes in, and is the thing that dilates during childbirth. If you've ever had an IUD placed, it's also what your doctor dilated (a tiny bit) to place the device.

9. The fetus develops on the uterus during pregnancy. 

So it can also be called your "womb," but truthfully it feels creepy to refer to it that way unless there's a fetus in there. The uterus is pear-shaped and about the size of a closed fist. 

10. The uterus lifts up when you’re aroused. 

This is called "tenting" and is a really good fun fact if you're at a particular sort of party.

11. You've got two ovaries and that's where all your eggs live.

Yes, it is true that you're born with all the eggs you'll ever have. I don't like to think about this! But it's kinda fun. Your ovaries are also responsible for producing the hormones estrogen, progesterone, and, yes, testosterone. They start to release an egg each month during puberty as part of the menstrual cycle. 

12. Your ovaries don't switch off left and right with each menstrual cycle.

It's convenient to think that your left ovary releases an egg one month, and then your right the next month, and so on and so forth. But it's actually pretty arbitrary. Whichever ovary has the more developed egg, basically, is the one that's going to release it. So you could go for three months on the left side, theoretically. 

13. Your fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to your uterus. 

And are basically like a big slide for your eggs. Sperm also travels through the fallopian tubes to get to the egg waiting in the ovary.

14. You probably still have your hymen, despite all the rumors.

Yes, even if you've had sex a million times, you probably still have your hymen. It doesn't tear and just goes away, like all the girls in middle school said it would. What actually happens is the hymen stretches a bit, and that can cause a bit of bleeding the first time you have sex.