The Sex Education You Wish You Had: Female Anatomy
A frequently asked question, when it comes to female anatomy – Is this normal?
We’d like to break down some common myths, and shed light on some of those frequently asked questions you may be wondering about. Here goes;
Is there a purpose for the clitoris? Why do we have one?
The only reason it exists is to bring us pleasure, enjoyment and orgasms. We do not need it for reproduction, nor do we don’t need it for menstruation. The head of the penis, the vaginal canal – they bring people pleasure but they also have an important role in reproduction, while the sole function of the clitoris is for pleasure.
What’s the difference between vulva and vagina?
The part you can see on the outside is your vulva. This includes your clitoris, the labia majora and minora, AND the vagina. The vagina is only the internal part, the part that connects your vulva to your uterus. It’s the part where the baby exits and where your period flows through. You cannot see the vagina from the outside unless you have x-ray vision.
Does my vulva look weird?
No. Every vulva is different – in size, shape and colour. Every vulva is normal. Your vulva is normal and beautiful and does not need to live up to some unrealistic beauty standard of surgical-level symmetry and uniformity.
Celebrate our differences and celebrate your vulva.
Do I need to shave to maintain proper hygiene?
You need to do exactly what makes you feel comfortable, confident and beautiful.
Pubic hair is NOT gross, nor is it unhygienic. The whole point of pubic hair is to protect against STIs and manage moisture on the skin. Get rid of it if you want, but just know that hygiene is NOT the reason people started removing their pubic hair.
Consider re-educating the partner that tells you you have to do anything to your vagina that you wouldn’t do for yourself otherwise.
Is bacterial vaginosis (BV) sexually transmitted?
The more partners you have or having multiple partners puts you at a higher risk of contracting BV, but you aren’t actually getting BV from another partner (in the sense that gonorrhea, chlamydia or trichomonas are transmitted), instead you are getting more susceptible to the infection (possibly from the exposure to semen and the effect it has on pH levels of the vagina).
What really is Yeast Vaginitis? (AKA Yeast Infection)
A yeast infection is simply an overgrowth of yeast (candida) that is already present (and completely 100% normal and necessary) in your vagina.
I’m sure you’ve heard that the vagina cleans itself, and that’s because it maintains a natural pH level (between 3.8 and 4.5) that kills the overgrowth of a certain amount of yeast. But sometimes, this pH level can change (diet, stress, antibiotics) and let the naturally occurring yeast overgrow and lead to a yeast infection. Usually you feel itchy, a thick white discharge and you can have some pain/discomfort with urination and intercourse.
If you are someone who suffers from regular, reoccurring yeast infections there is help! Book a strategy session with to discuss the best course of action for you.
Does my birth control pill increase my risk for getting STIs?
There is a lot of research to support that birth control increases the risk of contracting an STIs. But the exact cause here is a little muddy.
One theory is that those who are on birth control (which DOES NOT protect against STI transmission) are more likely to have sex without barriers (i.e. condoms) that DO protect against the transmission of certain STIs.
The pill protects against pregnancy, not STIs. So it is important that you continue to use condoms to protect yourself, especially with new partners!
We hope this was helpful!
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-Naturopathic Doctors at Health Over All
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