Do you know the difference between your vagina and vulva?

Do you know the difference between your vagina and vulva? 

It was high-school health class. Our instructor stood at the front by the chalk board with a smug look on her face. After writing out the word, she began yelling “Give me a V, Give me an A, Give me a G, Give me an I, Give me an N, Give me an A! What’s it spell VAGINA, Louder Vagina, LOUDER…VAGINA!”

That was the first time I had really said vagina out loud. Definitely the first time I said it around an audience of my peers and even though that was many moons ago, not much has changed. It’s still not a word easily thrown around or worked into every day conversations, women are still unaware and ashamed of body functions and there are women all over the world who don’t know their own parts.

Let’s fix that!

the difference between vagina and vulva

Learning about female health

Back then, the internet didn’t exist and everything I learned about my body was from a giant book I purchased in secret from the local book store. I kept it hidden in a drawer in my room and quietly learned about my body.

Fast forward to today. The existence of the internet. I’m the proud Mom to 4 boys and they all know the correct terms for parts. I’m the Mom with the little boy in the Target bathroom yelling “Do you have to sit down Mom instead of standing because you have a Vagina?” Yes, yes I do.

Anyone with the internet and computer or smart phone can google and start learning in seconds!

Vagina should be an every day word

Knowledge is power and knowing correct terminology even helps prevent molestation in children. (3)

Starbucks: “What would you like with your latte?

Any woman: I’ll take a giant brownie to help with the hormone roller-coaster I’m on due to the blood gushing out of my vagina.”

Starbucks: In that case, you get the menstruation discount and an extra shot on us! (I can dream, right?)

What’s the difference between your vagina and your vulva?

Basicially, your vagina is on the inside and your vulva is what’s on the outside.

Vulva – External female sex organs

  • mons pubis,
  • labia majora,
  • labia minora,
  • clitoris,
  • bulb of vestibule,
  • vulval vestibule,
  • urinary meatus,
  • greater and lesser vestibular glands,
  • and the vaginal opening.           (1)

Illustration of the Vulva below:

vulva anatomy

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The Vagina

Compared to the vulva, the vagina is a simple structure. Basicially, The vagina is a muscular tube that allows for sexual intercourse, childbirth and where menstruation flows. (2)

While the opening to the vagina is part of the vulva, the vagina itself is on the inside. The vagina goes from the vulva to the cervix. It’s the “birth canal.” I don’t know who came up with that phrase but they could have done much better!

 

Are these things you already knew or some new information? Be honest, who’s going to do the vagina cheer when you close the screen? Give me a V, Give me an A…. What’s it spell? Vagina! Louder.. VAGINA!

 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulva
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagina
  3. http://www.today.com/parents/just-say-vagina-using-correct-body-part-names-empowers-kids-6C9551650

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