This is a Jean Hailes free health article which can be republished free of charge in your organisation's website, blog, newsletter or magazine. There's a lot we don't know about vulvas and vaginas — in fact many women don't know the difference between the two. But these 'female bits' are fascinating body parts and can play big roles in not only your sexual health, but your general health too.
In a way, your parents weren't lying when they told you that you were a very special little girl. Not because you have unique talents that set you apart from the rest of the world no, there are plenty of other people who can say the alphabet backwards ; rather, it's because you and your vagina are totally, completely unique. There are no two vaginas in the world that look the samesmell the same, or feel the same.
Between pornography and media portrayals of scantily-clad women, there is a stereotype of what a vulva should look like. Hairless, neat, tiny, and nearly invisible. Not coincidentally, with the rise of this conception of normal, labiaplasty in the US has increased by whopping
The vulva plural vulvas or vulvae; derived from Latin for wrapper or covering consists of the external female sex organs. The vulva includes the mons pubislabia majoralabia minoraclitorisvestibular bulbsvulval vestibuleurinary meatusthe vaginal openingand Bartholin's and Skene's vestibular glands. The urinary meatus is also included as it opens into the vulval vestibule. Other features of the vulva include the pudendal cleft, sebaceous glandsthe urogenital triangle anterior part of the perineumand pubic hair.
Across the course of a year, Laura took photos of the vulvas for her book Womanhood: The Bare Reality, and spoke to each person about what their vulva means to them. Some of the women involved have also been featured in a film for Channel 4 called Vaginas. Then she examined masculinity by photographing penises for Manhood.
Some women have innies and others have outies. The gallery shows a range of labia in different shapes and sizes. All of these variations are completely healthy and normal.
Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells. And unless your normal involves pain or discomforteverything is likely fine.
Skip navigation! Story from Body. Laura Dodsworth has spent the last year taking pictures of women's vulvas. It's not a conventional day job, but it's one she fully committed to, resulting in her upcoming book, Womanhoodand a Channel 4 documentary, Vaginas.
The Vulva Gallery is a series of illustrations of all kinds of vulvas - celebrating the vulva in all its diversity all over the world. All vulvas are unique — just like our hands, noses and eyes are. So, what can we do about it?
Like every other part of your body, every vagina and vulva is different but this page will tell you a bit more about them, what they are for and how they generally work. Although most people tend to say vagina rather than vulva, the vagina is actually the muscular tube which leads from the cervix the opening of the womb to the vulva. As part of your vulva you have two sets of labia — the outer labia and the inner labia.