The vagina: a quick biology lesson

If we are honest, most of us just presume the vagina is the whole thing downstairs on a woman right?


The vagina is only part of what makes up the female genital area.

As per the diagram below, the vagina is an elastic, muscular canal that connects the uterus to the outside world.

Simply put, the vagina is the soft flexible space that accommodates the penis during sex!

The vagina could probably be described as a lubricated highway that provides sensation to the owner, but it is also so much more – it’s essential for childbirth for starters!

OK, so what about the rest of the bits down there then?

*Cue quick biology class*

Firstly, let’s establish something here…the vulva is actually the whole package most mistakenly refer to as the vagina.

The vulva is everything that surrounds the vagina…all of it…the LOT!

Beginning underneath the mons pubis and continuing all the way down to the anus, the vulva is the correct term for the external female genitalia.

Alright, so what is the mons pubis you may ask…

The mons pubic is the rounded mound of fatty tissue that sits on the pubic bone.

For illustrative purposes only, the mons pubis is the bulky part of what is commonly referred to as a camel toe (not the lips).

Directly below the mons pubis is the clitoris.

The clitoris is the most sensitive female erogenous zone with roughly 8,000 sensory nerve endings.  Its function is purely to provide pleasure!

Underneath the clitoris you will find the urethral opening.  This is the exit point for urine

The labia minora surround the clitoris, urethral opening and the vagina.  The labia minora are small inner folds of the vulva also known as the inner vaginal lips.

The labia majora is almost like the second layer of protection for the clitoris, urethral opening and vagina as it surrounds the labia minora as usually two much larger and more visible folds that extend down from the mons pubis and merge with the skin at the perineum (the skin in between the vagina and the anus).

The anus…well we all know what the anus is right?

Well at least we should.

If you don’t know then I am genuinely curious as to what you call the opening from which you secrete solid waste, more commonly known as poo?

Answers on a postcard please!



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