Naked Beginners 101

Get To Know The Vagina (NSFW)


117It is truly incredible to me that many women don’t know anything about their vagina’s. I once heard a story about a woman who had a three-year old child, this woman had also never looked at her own vagina, nor did she know that her daughter spent 9 months in her uterus, not in her stomach.

Many don’t know what a clitoris is, or that you’ve got two sets of vagina lips…some women don’t even know where they pee from.

If this sound like you, it’s okay! Don’t be embarrassed, we’re about to change that.

I’m going to tell you all about VAGINA’s, what they are, what they’re made of, and how you can get to know yours or your partners.

Women: First and foremost, even if you can’t do it right this moment, as you’re reading this, at some point I want you to go find a mirror, sit down in a private place and take a look at your vagina. If you’ve got one, you should probably know a little something about it. You’re going to want to sit on a bed, floor, toilet, wherever you’re comfortable and you’re going to take off everything from the waste down, spread your legs and then take a look with the mirror.

Men: If you’re a man reading this and you’re interested in learning more about the vagina, I am giving you a round of applause! If you want to pleasure a woman, you must understand her body, and how can you understand her body if you don’t understand her parts?

The vagina is made up of different parts, and all of the parts together is called a vulva. 

vulva-anatomyMons Pubis is the top of the vagina. Let’s say it is anything north of the clitoris. This is also where the term “pubic hair” comes from, it is the area which contains pubic hair. Women and men have different preferences for pubic hair. Some like to wax it bare, so there is absolutely no hair, some like to keep a landing strip, which is a strip of hair typically 1-2 inches wide and from the top of the mons pubis to the opening of the outer lips (labia majora). Some women even like to shave or wax designs into their pubic hair. All women have a different looking mons pubis too, some are more pronounced and larger looking than others. Some may have a very small mons pubis area, each woman is different and there is no good or bad mons pubis.

Outer Lips (labia majora) are the vaginal lips that you can always see on every woman, they’re the outer lips and are also more visible than the inner lips. These are the outer lips of the vagina and they vary in size, shape and color; they can be any color from pink to dark brown. Some women have smaller outer lips and larger inner lips or vice versa, and the size of the lips (inner or outer) does not determine how sexually active a woman is or has been!

Inner Lips (labia minora) are the smaller lips located within the outer lips of the vagina. These lips also range in size, shape and color. Some are pink, and they can also appear purple or even brown, it all depends on the woman’s body, each woman is different. The inner labia come in all different sizes, some are bigger than the outer lips and stick out, others are smaller and tucked inside, many women also have one labia minora that is longer or bigger in size than the other. When it comes to labia minora, there is a serious misconception that the size, shape or elasticity of the inner lips determine how sexually active a woman is. This is false. Women are born with all different size, shape and colored vagina’s and the dimensions of them certainly do not determine how sexually active a woman is.

Vaginal Opening (introitus) this is the hole that the penis goes into during sexual intercourse, it is the vagina’s point of entry. This is also where the hymen is apparent in virgin women. The hymen is a thin membrane that surrounds the opening of the vagina. This membrane is typically known to break from a woman’s initial act of intercourse, yet a broken hymen can also be due to other non-sexual related activities like sports.

Vestibule is a fascinating part of the vagina because it is overloaded with nerves. It is the vaginal tissue located around the vaginal opening and it ends at the labia minora. This area is quite sensitive due to the amount of nerves in a small space, and when irritated can be very painful. It is this part of the vagina that usually hurts after rough sex or lots of friction during intercourse or foreplay. This area may also hurt if there is any vaginal infection due to its rich nerve supply.

Clitoris_anatomy_labeled-enClitoris (glans) is the pleasure spot of the vagina. It has more than 8,000 nerves and actually measures to be about 3-4 inches long. The diagram to the right is of the clitoris. Believe it or not, the small dot at the top called the glans clitoris is the part that is visible. The V-shaped remainder, called the corpus cavernosum, is erectile (sponge-like) tissue that is also present along the shaft of the penis in males. Its function is to house blood during arousal/erection for the vagina and penis, this is what is responsible for men achieving and maintaining erections, and for women it is why after an orgasm you may feel a thumping sensation in your vagina, the blood that was housed in the corpus cavernosum is retreating back into your system. I would be willing to bet that most of you reading this did not know the clitoris is V-shaped or that long! The clitoris also varies in sensitivity from woman to woman, make sure to always ask what a woman likes, don’t assume!

Fun fact: embryologically the clitoris and the penis develop from the same tissue!

Clitoral Hood (prepuce) is the piece of skin that covers the exposed clitoris glans. The clitoris should be partially visible under the hood and is typically the size of the tip of a Q-tip. The size of the prepuce varies from woman to woman, don’t assume you know what you’re looking at, be careful and aware.

Perineum is the space between the anus and the opening of the vagina. This is the space that is sometimes cut or ripped during child-birth.

Urethral Opening is where you pee from! Yes, it’s true there is a hole that is solely for the purpose of peeing, and no you don’t pee out of your vagina opening. They’re two separate holes! This area is sensitive and could be irritated from sex and foreplay, especially fingering. Our hands are dirty! It’s important to be careful what and who goes near your vagina, not just because of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection risks, but also because bacteria can not only cause infection in the vagina itself, but it can cause urinary tract infections if bacteria gets in the urethra. The urethra is not easy to see, but it is definitely worth knowing where you pee from!

If you have any questions about your vagina, any other body part, or would like to double-check any of this information, feel free to consult a medical provider.

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