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The vulva and vagina are parts of women's bodies that are central to life, pleasure ... and sometimes a good deal of confusion. It's okay if you feel uncomfortable reading or talking about women's genitals. Some stigma still exists in our culture about women's anatomy, as well as misinformation that prevents women and men from understanding female anatomy basics. Since a woman's genitals are more hidden than a man's, it can make them seem more mysterious or complicated, which they're not. The lack of familiarity with women's genitals is all the more reason to learn about them: for health reasons, to identify when there may be a problem, and also for sex, since an awareness and comfort with the genitals allows a woman to communicate what feels good and to enjoy more sexual satisfaction.

Another revelation came on the big screen, thanks to an on camera tour by a gynaecologist. He was performing a colposcopy (removal of abnormal cells from the cervix) and offered to “give me a tour.” I agreed. He used the colposcope (a camera), to magnify my vagina and project it like a strange pink flower onto the television screen overhead. He did close-ups on the hood of my clitoris, my clitoris, my labia majora and minor, the vulva and the vagina itself. I was mortified – my vagina, blown up on TV! – but the two female nurses just looked bored. Lesson: my vagina is no big deal.”

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Due to reduced venous or lymphatic drainage. Numerous causes

Allergy and Irritation

Allergic reaction or irritation to chemicals or latex


Bacterial skin infection


Inflammation of vulva and vagina. Usually due to infection.


Inflammation of the cervix

Bartholin's Cyst

Cystic swelling due to blocked Bartholin's gland

Gartner's duct cysts

Cyst in the sidewalls of the vagina.

Vaginal Inclusion Cyst

May occur after injury to vaginal wall, e.g. During childbirth.


Straddle Injuries, Rough sexual intercourse


Enlarging uterus puts pressure on the blood vessels in pelvis, reducing venous return


Generally unilateral and swelling reducible.

Vulvar Abscess

Develops after simple infections in skin or layers below it.

Hypertrophy of Labia Minora

Enlarged labia minora, probably normal

The proper name for the outer genitals is the vulva (vuhl-vah)

Understanding the vulva and vagina is not only important for communicating with a sexual partner, but also for , she says. If something down there is in pain or uncomfortable, expressing specifics is more helpful than telling the nurse or doctor that your vagina hurts. For one, she'll have to figure out if you really do mean the vagina, which is often used to describe the vulva. (The vulva is your external genitals, while the vagina is actually the muscular tube connecting the vulva to the cervix of the uterus.) So right off the bat, you'll likely need to answer follow-up questions to clarify where you feel lousy in an OB-GYN exam room – a place where some women may already feel a bit vulnerable. There's nothing wrong with the follow-up questions, and chances are, the doctor or nurse will be able to identify the issue, but Herbenick says it's a barrier, "and why not teach women and girls the right words for their genitals?"