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The A To Z Of Female Genitalia: 15 Terms All Women Should Know About Their Area Down Under

Vagina toh pata hai. Par iske alava aur kuchh bhi hota hai female genitalia mein?! Yes, girls, your vagina is just a small part of the entire female genitalia. It’s a complex layer of organs and there’s far more than what meets the eye. What you can see from the outside is only the external part of your genitals. There’s a lot more happening in the inner part of your genitalia. Toh aao dekhte hai kya kya hai hamare female genitalia mein.

Here are 15 terms that you should absolutely know about your lady parts (in alphabetical order) to #BeALittleMore aware of what lies down under:

1. Bartholin Glands

These are situated on both sides of the vaginal opening. They specialise in secreting liquids that lubricate the vagina during sex, thus, ensuring comfort during intercourse.

2. Cervix

The lower portion of the uterus is called the cervix. It segregates the vagina from the lower uterus. It may also play an active role in lubrication. The cervix dilates during childbirth, making way for the baby to move out through the uterus into the vagina and finally out of the body. 

3. Clitoris

Clitoris hota hai at the top of the vulva, urethral opening ke upar. Skin folds known as the clitoral hood cover a major part of the clitoris, leaving only a small part of the tip exposed. The remaining part of the clitoris is a sponge-like shaft that grows several inches inside the body. 

Read: Reasons Why The Skin Around The Genitals Are Darker, According To A Doctor

4. Hymen

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And, finally, the holder of laaj sharam and pavitrata of a naari – the much-hyped hymen. It is a thin tissue that sits pretty at the vaginal opening. It gradually grows more elastic with age and ruptures due to various reasons, sexual activity being just one of those reasons. It can break as a result of being physically active and indulging in strenuous activities like running, riding a cycle or a horse, etc. Therefore, the lack of a hymen does not stand as a witness for you being sexually active. It is the only organ from the entire female genital system that does not have any recognized biological function. 

5. Labia Majora

The word “Labia” has a Latin origin and implies lips. Hence, labia majora is often referred to as the outer lips. It is the fleshy outer layers of protective skin that are located on both the sides of the vaginal opening. They protect each other as well as other more delicate external lady parts like the labia minora, clitoris, vaginal opening, urethral opening, Skene’s glands, and Bartholin’s glands. 

6. Labia Minora

Labia majora enwraps the skinfolds of the labia minora. It may extend well past the labia majora among some women. 

7. Mons Pubis

Jaise pehle kahan, mons pubis is a part of the external female genitalia. So, it can be found outside the vaginal opening. To be more specific, the mons pubis is the rounded, fleshy part on the front area of the pelvic bone or lower belly area, the location where pubic hair sprouts. 

8. Skene’s Glands

Skene’s glands do to the urethral opening what the Bartholin glands do to the vagina. Situated on both the sides of the urethra, they are responsible for lubricating the urethral opening. Scientists are still debating about its functions and the reasons behind its existence. While some scientists believe these glands are the root of sexual arousal in women, others are researching whether female ejaculation exists and the role that Skene’s glands play in the same.

Read: Vaginal Care 101

9. Urethra

The tube of the urethra carries urine from the bladder to the outside of your body. 

10. Urethral Opening

The urethral opening can be found under the clitoris and exactly above the vaginal opening. 

11. Vaginal Opening

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The vaginal opening is situated bang in the middle of the anus and the urethra.

12. Vagina

Now, more about the female genitalia that you get to hear about the most. It is a muscular canal that acts as a bridge between the uterus and the cervix. It is the external opening of the female genital organs. Certain parts of the vagina are full of elastin and collagen, offering the organ the ability to expand when stimulated sexually and during childbirth.

13. Vestibular Bulbs

Vestibular bulbs milte hai on either side of the vestibule. They comprise a pair of subcutaneous erectile tissues that are similar to the corpus spongiosum and penile bulb. Both bulbs meet in front of the urethral orifice, vaginal vestibule ke niche. Each of the bulbs is covered with bulbospongiosus muscles. 

14. Vulva

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The vulva is a part of your genitalia’s external structures that can be found outside the vaginal opening. It comprises mons pubis, labia, clitoris, urethra, vaginal opening, Bartholin glands, and Skene’s glands. 

15. Vulva Vestibule

The vestibule of the vulva, also known as the vestibule of the vagina, sits between the labia minora and behind the clitoral glans. It serves as the boundary between the vulva and the vagina. The vulva vestibule is also the place where the vagina, urethra, and greater vestibular glands open into. 

The above list paints a clear picture of your female genital organs. Acquaint yourself with each one of these organs that form an integral part of your body.

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