Female anatomy is complex because everything is on the inside. So here’s the primer from the outside in:
- Labia: the outside “lips” of the genital area; they can look different from woman to woman, and they actually evolved as a way to protect a woman’s private parts. The labia may hang low, past the length of the pubic hair, or remain close to the vagina, surrounded by pubic hair. If a lip of your vagina is long enough to get caught in your panties, this is worth bringing to your
- Clitoris: a tiny and sensitive nub of flesh that has many nerve endings and is associated with sensations of pleasure. A woman’s clitoris can become engorged with blood when excited, similar to the penis getting erect. Granted, a clitoris is much smaller, but it has just as many nerve endings, and stimulation of this area feels good to most women.
- Vagina: an approximately six-inch opening lined with moisture secreting cells, made of really stretchy skin. That stretchy skin enables the vagina to accommodate a tampon or a penis, or pass a baby during delivery, ideally, with enough lubrication so that the tissue doesn’t tear.
- Cervix: a doughnut-shaped tube at the end of the vagina connecting the uterus to the vagina.
- Uterus: the organ often called the womb, where a baby grows. It lies between the cervix and the fallopian tubes, in the lower part of the pelvis, above the vagina.
- Fallopian tubes: the highway for eggs (ova) from ovaries to the uterus.
- Ovaries: where immature eggs are stored and mature eggs are released from approximately once a month.