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In order to have a better understanding about vaginal diseases symptoms and conditions is to know your vagina inside out.

Get familiar with your vagina

Knowing every minute detail about it will help you identify problems more quickly instead of wasting time playing the guessing game, for instance: is it my vulva that is swollen, or maybe it's the vaginal opening that is inflamed, or, it could be the labia minora whatever that is!. If you don't know one from the other then things can get difficult when trying to get a proper diagnosis of a condition.

There are lots of genital disorders that threaten the health of the vagina, and most are curable if treated within what is considered a safe period (early stage depending on the condition to stop it from spreading, or doing further damage to the body).

Get to know your every nook and cranny, and should something go wrong with the vagina, then you'll likely pinpoint the problem right away, and get to avoid all that !**@! footing around looking for answers for something that may have nothing to do with the problem you think you have, all because you have the wrong vagina part.

Vaginal diagram and definitions

External

What is the Mons Veneris? The Mons Veneris is an area of fatty tissue that covers the pubic bone just under the abdomen but over the labia. The mons is sexually sensitive in some females and safeguards the pubic bone from the force of sexual intercourse. This area contains the "triangle" of pubic hair located over the vulva.

What is the Prepuce or Clitoral hood ? It is a piece of flesh that can either partly or completely cover the un-stimulated clitoris. The purpose of the hood as it's called is to shield the sensitive clitoris underneath from unwanted stimuli.

What is the Clitoris? A lot of women will have heard of the "clit", which is a slang name for clitoris, but most wouldn't be able to tell you where it is. This is for those oblivious to where the clitoris is, and what its purpose is. When looking head on the clitoris is the small light pink oval amid the top of the labia minora and the clitoral hood. It is a tiny body of smooth squashy tissue that is extra sensitive. The clitoris contains approx 8,000 nerve endings. It's guarded by the prepuce, or clitoral hood, a covering of tissue akin to the labia minora. When sexually aroused the clitoris stiffens and the hood pulls back making the clitoris more easy to get at.

What is the Labia Majora? The outer lips of the vulva are the labia majora. They are pads of fatty tissue that swathes the vulva from top to bottom surrounding the mons veneris to the perineum. This particular part of the female anatomy is normally found covered with pubic hair and contains a copious amount of sweat and oil glands.

What is the Vagina? To some this may sound a silly a question, when in fact it is an all important question. This is where women get confused when that time comes and they get an infection, thinking it is solely the vagina that's hurting, when the pain they suffer could be from any other part mentioned here. The vagina runs from the vaginal opening to the cervix to the opening to the uterus. It is a receptacle for the penis to enter during sexual intercourse, and the birth canal for babies to pass through in delivery. The usual size of the vaginal canal is three inches long, maybe stretching as far as four inches in women who have already had a baby. Quite alarming to say the least the vaginal canal being so small when you take into consideration the length of some men's penises. Don't panic the vagina is structured and created to accommodate the penis no matter the size. During sexual arousal the cervix will lift upwards and the fornix is likely to extend upwards into the body for as long as it takes to accept the penis. When sex has ended, the contraction of the vagina will permit the cervix to settle inside the fornix, which when in a sedate state is a bowl-shaped fitting ideal for cupping semen.

What is the Labia Minora? Where the Labia Majora are the outer lips of the vulva, the Labia Minora are the inner lips of the vulva. The thin stretches of skin and tissue locate directly inside of the labia majora. The labia minora gives extra protection to other vaginal parts (i.e. vagina, urethra, and clitoris). Not every woman's labia minora may look the same, so don't go thinking your abnormal if yours looks different from your friends, or your boyfriend tells you his ex girlfriends wasn't a bit like yours to look at. Some girls have small labia minora while others have bigger lips that stick out from the labia majora.

What is the Perineum? It is a small stretch of skin beginning at the lower part of the vulva and lengthening to the rectum. The Perineum quite frequently tears or is snipped by the doctor during birth to help assist the passage of the baby.

Internal

The Fallopian tubes are two slender ducts through which ova pass from the ovaries to the uterus during menstruation.

The ovaries are a pair of small glands situated on either side of the uterus. They are part of a woman's reproductive system and in charge of storing and freeing the eggs (ova), which can grow into a fetus if fertilized by sperm. About once a month, and roughly 2 weeks before a girls next cycle ovulation happens when an egg is let go from one of the ovaries. The ovaries also create female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which help manage the menstrual cycle, breast growth, and other.

The uterus, or womb, is the primary internal reproductive organ. The inner lining of the uterus is known as the endometrium, which grows and alters during menstruation getting ready to accept a fertilized egg. The layer sheds at the end of every period if fertilization is not a success.

The fornix is the top inside of the vagina that stretches a little over and around the top and bottom of the cervix. During sexual intercourse, the fornix swells upwards to allow entry for the penis.

The cervix is the opening to the uterus. It can differ in size measuring in diameter from 1 to 3 millimetres, depending on the time it is measured during the menstrual cycle. At times a cervical mucous is found plugging the cervix to protect it from vaginal infection. Throughout ovulation the mucous thins allowing the passage of sperm.

The G-spot is a notorious speck that most females say is very sensitive when touched. And if touched in a caring and loving way (stimulated) can lead to a heightened orgasm.

Now you know your vagina a little better then treat it better if of late you have neglected it. A healthy vagina is a sure guarantee to keep you and your partner, not only safe, but satisfied too.
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