9 Things You Didn’t Know About Your Vulva and Vagina

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The vulva, often mistaken for the word “vagina,” is one of the most diverse areas of the female anatomy. Yet, in health or biology class, we tend to only retain that vaginas are called vaginas, and the rest remains a mystery. While we won’t condemn someone for referring to vulva’s as vaginas, it’s important to know the difference between a vagina and a vulva, and what all the other functions down there are called. Why? Because the female anatomy is pretty dope, and knowing what does what and the proper names for them will take us one step closer to getting to know our bodies better. Self-care, right? 

Regardless of what you call your genitals, grab a mirror and check yourself out down there (we promise it wont be that scary). The sooner you get more comfortable in your own body and know what everything is called, the faster youll feel connected with yourself and be able to talk about your vulva, vagina, uterus, menstrual cycle and so on, with confidence!  

1. WHAT IS A VULVA? 

The vulva is all of the external female anatomy, which includes the mons pubis, clitoris, labia minora, labia majora, urethra, vagina, perineum, and the anus. 

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A vulva has many functions, as you can tell. It grows hair, comes in many shapes, colors, and sizes, the skin is extra delicate (watch out when shaving!), and it protects the sexual organs, urinary opening, vestibule, and vagina! Pretty rad, right? 

 2. OH WOW. SO WHERE IS THE VAGINA, EXACTLY? 

Dont worry, well get there! Lets explore the other areas first, because every aspect of the vulva deserves some credit. 

 

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3. MONS PUBIS 

Look at your pubic hair, where does it grow? The area where your pubic hair grows is called the mons pubis, which is the fatty tissue that covers the pubic bone and divides to your labia majora. 

4. LABIA MAJORA 

Also known as outer lips, are the rounded folds of skin you see at first glance. They are part of the external female genitalia and they protect and cover the inner structures of the vulva. 

5. LABIA MINORA 

Have you ever noticed how the inside of your labia is kind of damp? It’s because the labia minora releases oil that produces lubrication, in order to keep you safe and comfortable (especially during sex). They are located in the vulva inferior to the mons pubis and protect you from irritation and dryness.  

6. CLITORIS HOOD + CLITORIS 

Did you know that the clitoris is the only organ in the female anatomy that is solely dedicated to pleasure? If you want to orgasm (which everyone should, don’t be ashamed!), you should know where your clitoris is, and what it does. It is located under the clitoral hood, the flap of skin that connects to the labia and protects your clitoris. To top it off, the clitoris contains 8,000 nerve endings. EIGHT THOUSAND! Can you believe? Exploring this area might not be the worst idea. 

7. URETHRA 

A common misconception about the urethra, also known as your pee hole, is that it is the clitoris! No no my friends, your urethra lies below your clitoris and opens into the area between the labia minora, which transports urine from the bladder out of the body 

8. PERINEUM + ANUS 

Although the perineum and anus aren’t part of the vulva, it’s still introduced when talking about the area around it. The perineum is the space between your anus and vulva, which sits below the pelvic diaphragm and between the legs, and well, you know what an anus is, right? 😉  

9. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE VAGINA 

So now you understand why calling your vulva vaginaisnt anatomically correct, right? The vagina is a muscular tube that leads to your uterus. The vaginal vestibule, located between the urethra and the anus, is the opening into the vaginal canal. The opening is where menstrual blood leaves the body, where a baby comes out of, and where sexual intercourse occurs. 

 

Phew! That might have seemed like loads of information, but now youre 9 times more knowledgeable than you were before about vulvas. We have more information about the female anatomy on our website, where we go more in depth about vulvas. In fact, we love vulvas so much, we made some rad vulva jewelry for you to rock! Wear them with pride, and if someone asks why youre wearing a vagina, set them straight! Its a vulva, duh.