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Ladies, Know and Care For Your Vulva and Vagina

Posted by David Matlock, MD on Apr 3, 2019 3:19:17 PM

When Dr. Matlock meets with patients to discuss the groundbreaking female genital cosmetic procedures  in his Beverly Hills office, he often finds that many patients lack an in-depth understanding of their vulvas and vaginas.  

This is a shame!

High school health class didn’t exactly take the most time to explain to young women (and men) the details of their anatomy. But knowing your vulva and vagina is an empowering, important way for women to feel confident. Understanding your anatomy at a greater level can lead to increased sexual pleasure, but can also help you recognize or even prevent genital health issues down the line.

All women can benefit from building a greater understanding of their genitalia!


The Vulva and Vagina: An Anatomical Introduction

Your external genital organs have three (3) primary biological functions:

1. Enabling sperm to enter the body

2. Protecting the internal genital organs from infectious organisms

3. Providing sexual pleasure

Let’s walk through the following diagram to better understand your vulvar anatomy (starting at the top left and working clockwise):

Anatomy of the Vagina

Pubis

The mons pubis is a rounded mound of fatty tissue that covers your pubic bone. This is the area that grows hair during puberty. Your mons pubis contains sebaceous glands that release pheromones, which are involved in sexual attraction.

 

Vestibule

The vestibule is the clinical term for the area surrounding the opening of your vagina (introitus) and the opening of your urethra (urethral meatus).

 

Vulva

The vulva is the "external" portion of female genitalia. It protects your sexual organs, urinary opening, vestibule and vagina. It is the center of much of your sexual response.

 

Introitus

The introitus is the technical term for the opening of your vagina.

 

Anus

Your anus is the opening where the gastrointestinal tract ends and exits the body.

 

Perineum

The perineum is the area between the vulva and anus.

 

Labia minora

The labia minora are the inner "lips" surrounding your vagina. These can vary in size from very small to up to 2” wide. The labia minora are just inside the labia majora, and surround the openings to your vagina and urethra.

A significant number of blood vessels give your labia minora a pink color. During sexual stimulation, these blood vessels become engorged with blood, causing the labia minora to swell and become more sensitive to stimulation.

 

Labia majora

The labia majora are the outer "lips" surrounding the vaginal opening (introitus). These are relatively large, fleshy folds of tissue that enclose and protect the other external genital organs. You could compare the labia majora to the scrotum in males. This area grows hair during puberty, and contains sweat and sebaceous glands that produce lubricating secretions.

 

Urethral meatus

The urethral meatus is the opening of your urethra. This is where urine escapes your body.

 

Clitoris

Located between the labia minora near their upper ends, is the clitoris, a small protrusion that is very sensitive to sexual stimulation.

 

Caring for your vulva and vagina

As we age, many parts of our bodies change. Sometimes they sag, sometimes areas stretch. For women -- particularly women who have given birth to two or more children -- the sagging and stretching is quite extreme. This can affect sexual pleasure, lead to incontinence (small "leaks" when you cough, laugh, or sneeze), and can seriously affect your self esteem.

Dr. David Matlock is the pioneer in female genital cosmetic surgery. He has personally created and performed cutting-edge procedures to enhance sensation and improve the appearance of the vulva and vagina for women across all 50 states and in more than 70 countries.

Learn more about Dr. Matlock’s vaginal cosmetic procedures, or contact our office directly to schedule your consultation. Dr. Matlock can meet with you in our Beverly Hills office, or depending on your location, can conduct consultations using FaceTime or Skye. Our office is here to help you look and feel your best!

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