I think it’s time to demystify female genitalia. Getting a good understanding of what our own bodies, or our partner’s bodies look like, can help tremendously when exploring masturbation or having sex! So if you ever wanted to know what a fallopian tube is, or where the clitoris is located, look no further! I’m here to answer those inquiries you may have.
Let’s start with the outer genitals. The entire outer female genital region is called the vulva (not the vagina!). And the vulva consists of the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and the external openings of the urethra and vagina.
The mons pubis is a fatty layer of tissue that covers the joint of your pubic bones. Pubic hair covers the mons.
The labia majora (labia=lips) or outer labia, are two folds of fatty tissue that surround the inner labia. The labia minora or inner labia, are also two very sensitive folds of skin that lie inside the outer labia that vary in color and size from female to female.
At the top of the inner labia, right below the mons pubis is the clitoral hood, and underneath the hood lies the clitoral glans. The clitoris is considered to be the most sensitive part of the vulva with at least 8,000 nerve endings (twice as many as a penis has)! It also interacts with 15,000 nerve endings throughout the pelvic area. In fact, the clitoris is the only organ in the body whose sole purpose is sexual pleasure! Different bodies respond to different levels of stimulation of the clitoris. If you have a clitoris, it’s important to get to know what feels right for you as you explore your lovely lady parts. And though it looks very small on the outside, the clitoris is actually much larger than we can see, with most of the organ being internal.
Next, right below the clitoris is the very tiny hole or slit of the urethra, where one pees from. Then right below the urethra is the vaginal opening. Now, since the urethra and vagina are so close, sometimes, sexual activity can cause a urinary tract infection. Which is why it’s important to urinate after sex and make sure you and your partner are washing properly. Next, right inside the vaginal opening, one may or may not see the vaginal corona, or hymen. The corona generally wears away over time, and not all people born with vaginas have a noticeable corona. Sometimes, female-bodied individuals express pain, bleeding or discomfort during the first few times of having intercourse. When this happens, in most cases pain may occur because of anxiety, or not being properly lubricated or relaxed. In very rare cases, the corona may be too thick, or covering too much of the vaginal opening and can be remedied by a medical procedure. The vagina is actually really good at expanding when aroused. The average vagina is 3-4 inches long but is very elastic and can expand to accommodate a penis, and a baby being born.
Going up the vaginal canal leads to the infamous g-spot. The easiest way to find the g-spot is by putting a finger inside the vagina, facing the belly. It can feel like a spongy bump in the vagina. It is a potential source of sexual pleasure, though not all necessarily find that g-spot stimulation leads to orgasm. Going farther up the vaginal canal leads to the cervix. The cervix is where the vagina meets the uterus, it is also where sperm can enter and menstrual blood can exit the body. The uterus is the organ where a fetus may form, and can expand to hold the developing baby. Attached to the uterus are the fallopian tubes on either side, which serve as tunnels for the ova (egg cells) to travel from the ovaries to the uterus.
Another component to the inner female sexual anatomy is the clitoris. Only a small portion is exposed on the outside, but on the inside, the clitoris splits off into two legs called crura (found inside the labia majora) and the clitoral bulbs (vestibular bulbs) that surround part of the vaginal canal. Thus, the clitoris can be directly and indirectly stimulated during sexual activity!
If you have a vulva, take some time to get to know it, by touching it and looking at it. That way you can figure out what feels good for you. Everyone’s bodies are a little different when it comes to how we experience pleasure. Getting to know yours is a great way to feel comfortable in it and it will help you communicate to a partner, if you decide to have sex, what feels right for you!