Anatomy of the Vagina


Vagina



How well do you know the anatomy of the vagina?

I always find it surprising in the therapy room how many women can’t say the word ‘vagina’, let alone admit to receiving any pleasure from using it. Even with talk about vaginas becoming a lot more acceptable in recent times, a lot of women feel acute embarrassment and even shame associated with what happens inside a vagina.

How well do you know the anatomy of the vagina?

- Have you ever viewed your vagina close up with a mirror?

- Do you use the word ‘vagina’ around your partner?

- Do you talk about your southern region with girlfriends?

- Do you believe your vagina is attractive?

- In terms of the anatomy of the vagina, do you know where to find your G-spot, and the best ways to stimulate it?

Isn’t it interesting how our views of these organs differ from our male counterparts? I have yet to meet a healthy, hot-blooded, heterosexual man who doesn’t tell me that he loves the look, feel, smell and taste of vaginas. It’s time for us to catch up. And as always, it starts with knowledge about the anatomy of the vagina.

Diagram of the Vagina

Take a minute to familiarize yourself with the following vagina diagram:

Diagram of the Vagina

You can view information on male anatomy in our section on penis power. Right here is where you find all you've ever wanted to know about the anatomy of the vagina.

So What About It...?

It’s intricate

Most people think of everything between a woman's legs as the vagina, but take a good look at the vagina diagram... The outer parts are technically called the vulva. The vulva's labia majora (outer lips) are a protective layer of fat, skin and hair, meant to protect the genitals against dirt and bacteria. It also cushions your partner's bony pelvis during sex.

Generally, the female vagina measures in the order of 6.4cm in length and spans approximately 2.5cm in breadth around the opening. The clitoris is situated between the labia majora.

Internally, it helps to think of the female vagina as a cul-de-sac that ends at the cervix - the organ that functions as a stopper between the vagina and the cervix. The cervix isn’t closed entirely – it has a small opening that allows menstrual blood to flow down the vagina.

The vagina isn't as responsive to touch as the vulva, but it does have hundreds of nerve endings.

It’s unique

The anatomy of the vagina varies from woman to woman. In fact, it is as unique as your fingerprints. No two vulvas look exactly the same. The labia majora can be long, short, thin or fleshy. They’re often uneven and can be wrinkled or smooth. They may hang past the labia minora (or inner lips) although it’s not uncommon for the inner lips to droop past the outer ones.

The positioning of the vaginal canal varies too. It can be shallow or deep, ample or narrow and tilt in any direction.

The skintone of your vulva corresponds with you general complexion. The paler you are, the lighter your vulva, and vice versa.

Some women have a dense mane of pubic hair that extends from the navel to the upper thighs, while others have thin fuzz. The colour of pubic hair matches the locks on your head and turns grey as you grow older.

It’s elastic

The anatomy of the vagina is quite amazing as it pertains to how the clitoris and the labia minora stiffen during intercourse. The labia minora, or inner lips, contain erectile tissue, made up of clusters of tiny blood vessels. When you become sexually excited, the vaginal walls swell from 5 to 12 centimetres and lengthen to about 15 centimetres. It’s supple and flexible enough to accommodate almost any size penis.

During labour the cervix and pelvic ligaments soften and become even more flexible to allow the baby’s head to pass through the vaginal canal. It is normal for the female vagina to shrink down in the weeks after birth, although it may never return completely to its earlier size.

It sweats

The vulva and vagina produce more or less 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 grams of discharge about 3 times a day. The secretion may be clear, white, or yellow in colour; and fluid, waxy, stringy, or clumpy in texture.

As you progress through the stages of sexual arousal, the blood vessels in the vaginal walls enlarge and discharge lubrication. It’s a common misperception that the degree of moistness is equal to how aroused you are. This is simply not true. Some women get soaked with minimal stimulation while others can be close to orgasm and feel only a little damp.

If you're struggling with vaginal dryness, don't despair. There are natural ways to overcome it.

Its scent fluctuates

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Bar any health problems, your vagina emits a distinctive odour which can be described as sweet, earthy, musky, fishy or pungent. The smell depends on your body chemistry, where you are in your menstrual cycle, as well as your diet. It is stronger after you’ve had sex and also after exercise, as the sweat you work up breeds bacteria, which triggers the odour.

The Clitoris

The clitoris is the only part of the human body whose sole purpose is pleasure. You can learn more about this delicious little button on my clitoris stimulation page.


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Keep it healthy

A daily cup of yogurt that contains Lactobacillus helps to prevent yeast infections.

And surprise, surprise, many gynaecologists recommend you go commando rather than wearing any type of underwear. That's of course unless you're wearing outer clothing that could chafe or irritate your most sensitive parts.

And Lastly....

Read more about vagina tattoos and designer vaginas for the lowdown on vagina art, labiaplasties, vaginoplasties and G-spot augmentation.

Because we're women and because we care about the other women, it's important to educate ourselves about female genital mutilation. It's an important issue and we can all contribute by at the very least raising our awareness. Also read Waris Dirie's remarkable story on her campaign against this horrific practice.

Hope this page answers all your questions about the anatomy of the vagina. If not, keep browsing...

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