Let’s chat! The female anatomy is a beautiful thing and deserves to be celebrated. This includes all parts of the female anatomy! Healthy sexuality includes a healthy body image.
Women’s genitals, including the clitoris, labia, vagina, G-Spot, and cervix, all provide sexual pleasure for women and their partners. We need to be able to talk about them in a comfortable fashion that normalizes our body parts as just that – body parts.
It is important for women to learn about these body parts to be able to name them, know where they are, and know what they do.
Health Class Revisited
The external area of the female genitals is often mistakenly referred to as the vagina. However, the correct term for this area is the vulva. It includes the mons pubis (the mound of tissue that covers the pubic bone and is covered with pubic hair), the labia majora (outer vaginal lips), labia minora (inner vaginal lips), and the clitoris and clitoral hood.
The labia majora functions as a cover to protect the inner, more delicate, and sensitive structures of the vulva, such as the labia minora, clitoris, urinary orifice, and vaginal orifice. It also contains the sweat and sebaceous glands, which produce the lubricating secretions during sex.
And just as we are all different shapes and sizes, so is our genitalia! No two are exactly the same.
Taking a Closer Look
It is both natural and smart to know your body. Its shape, colors, and sizes. This includes one’s genitals. How can we know if something is wrong if we don’t know when something is right?
By spreading the labia apart, you will be able to see the opening to the vagina. The vagina is an organ of the female reproductive tract that connects the cervix and the uterus to the outside of the body. It has three main functions:
- Provides a passageway for blood & mucosal tissue from the uterus during a woman’s monthly period.
- Provides a passageway for childbirth.
- Receives the penis during sexual intercourse.
Your vagina is typically about 3 to 4 inches in length. The vagina can expand in both length and width during arousal to help make sexual penetration more comfortable and pleasurable. As women become sexually aroused, the blood flow increases to their genitals. This increased blood flow triggers the release of fluids from the cervix, creating lubrication. This vaginal lubrication can help reduce friction during sex, making it less painful and more pleasurable.
Your vagina is also the area that creates the throbbing feeling that can occur during orgasm.
The Elusive G-Spot
The G-Spot has been debated about since the 11th Century but only got its name in the 1980s. It is located on the anterior (front) wall of the vagina. It connects to the clitoris and that is why the G-spot is so sensitive, because it is clitoral tissue.
The clitoris is basically the pleasure center of the vulva. It does not have a central role in reproduction like the penis or vagina — it is pretty much just there to make you feel good! The clitoris is found right under the point where the inner labia meet and form a little hood. This is known as the clitoral hood.
But the clitoris is not just a small body part! A large percent of the clitoris’s is inside the pelvic area. It is a network of nerves and blood vessels. Underneath the outside nub, called the glans clitoris, a wishbone shape goes around the vagina, with arms that flare out into the pelvis. All these internal parts are made of erectile tissue, meaning they swell with blood when aroused to become even bigger. The clitoris is intimately entwined with all the pelvic, making it central in the pleasure centre of female anatomy.
Knowledge is Pleasure
It makes sense to understand the female sexual anatomy from both a health perspective and a sensual perspective. The more comfortable one gets with one’s body, the more one can understand how it works. This will allow you to ask for what makes you feel good, recognize when something is unwell, and create a comfortable environment for open conversation. It is only when you have a healthy and intimate relationship with your own body that you can have healthy and intimate relationships with others.