Vagina Anatomy 101
The names for all of the vagina parts! Because if those are your parts, you should know their names... (and also, even if they're not your parts they might be parts of the person you like to have sex with, and you should know about them).
A Retrospective Note Re: Intended Audience
I admittedly wrote this post originally with cisgendered women in mind as the audience. Accurate education in vaginal anatomy is sorely lacking in our society and there is lots of misinformation that gets circulated out in the world (I'm looking at you, hymen). This post was intended to educate and empower people with a vagina to look at and learn about theirs. In retrospect, vagina-having-people are not the only people who should be familiar with the anatomy of vaginas, so I have made edits to be more inclusive.
For people whose anatomy doesn't match their gender, however, looking at and talking about genitals like this can be a major source of psychological distress. If that applies to you and medical terms for female-associated sex organs trigger dysphoria, you should just skip this post.
My number one goal is to make intimate conversations and exams as comfortable as possible for people. In clinic, I use whatever anatomy terms my clients use and prefer. I believe there is value and power in learning about our own bodies and anatomy, regardless of the names we use. This particular post provides a tour of vaginal anatomy using medical terms. If that's something you'd like to learn more about, take the jump.
What To Look For In a Sexual Health Specialist
One of my friends recently had an issue with some vaginal discomfort she needed to get checked out. She got a semi-urgent visit booked with her women’s health office, but when she got there was surprised to find that she wouldn’t be seeing the provider she thought she had scheduled with, and instead was told the male medical intern was the only one available. While she wasn’t jazzed about seeing a male provider, she decided she’d rather see him than not get this issue taken care of. The exam wasn’t physically painful, but she felt awkward and uncomfortable.
Fast forward a couple of weeks. She's headed back for follow-up, which she