Anthony Quinlan: Mott
Boy 1: Naughty, i’ve heard it called –
Boy 2: Really?
Boy 1: The lady’s naughty.
Anthony Quinlan: Poonanie
Hollie Jay-Bowes: I think my friend’s called hers Rachel.
Kent Riley: Pink velvet sausage wallet
Dr Dawn: If you don’t use the word vagina, you almost certainly don’t talk about your vulva.
The vulva is all the bits you can see on the outside of a woman’s genitalia: the area covered by pubic hair, the outer and inner lips surrounding the vaginal opening called the labia majora and minora, the clitoris and the opening of the urethra which is where we wee through;
And just as no two penises are the same, no two vulvas are the same.
Some are wrinkly and some are smooth. Some pink, some brown. Some girls have large labia, others small.
And the only way you’ll come to know what’s normal for you is if you regularly look and feel.
Girl 1: I think what worries a girl most about it is like you don’t normally talk about stuff like that and it’s embarrassing to ask someone like their parents or their friends
Girl 2: I think if people did talk more about it they would not worry half as much because they would realise everyone’s different and everything’s never the same.
On this website there’s a video showing you how to check your vulva.
Hundreds of thousands of people have watched it and women, from their teens up to their fifties and older, have left comments and questions.
With vaginas a big concern is size. Girls who experience pain during sex; or have difficulty inserting a tampon, commonly worry that their vagina is too small.
But it won’t be. When we get nervous we tense up. And this will make the vagina tighten.
The more relaxed you are the more comfortable inserting a tampon or having sex will be.
The vagina is the passage that connects the woman’s internal reproductive organs to the outside world.
When a man and a woman have sex – it’s where the penis enters. And when a woman has a baby the vagina expands so the baby can be born.
Another common worry is that discharge means your vagina’s dirty. It’s actually the opposite.
Discharge is your vagina’s way of keeping itself clean, free from infection and lubricated.
If your vagina is dry, you could try using lubricant or vaginal pessary available from chemists to make the vagina more comfortable during sex or masturbation.
And yes I did say the ‘M’ word.
Masturbation is not just for boys !
To keep your vagina and vulva healthy…
Wear cotton underwear, it will keep you cool and dry ñ bacteria thrives in damp, warm environments!
Go knicker-free at night.
Avoid wearing tight fitting clothes, swimsuits or gym kit for prolonged periods
Don’t use perfumed soaps, gels, talcs or bubble baths as these can irritate the vagina.
If you get an infection take the medication as directed and complete the treatment even if you think the infection’s gone.
Avoid sex until an infection has cleared.
After going to the loo always wipe from front to back.
And ALWAYS practise safe sex.
If you do notice any changes, unusual lumps, bumps, spots or sores.
Or if your discharge differs in consistency, colour or smell from your norm – make an appointment to see your doctor.
It could be something as simple as thrush or bacterial vaginosis but it needs checking out especially if you have had unprotected sex.
On this site you’ll find a self-checker for STI’s with information about symptoms for all kinds of infections.
Don’t be embarrassed – your doctor will have seen thousands of Vulvas and vaginas. It really is all in a day’s work for us
Am I Normal: Vagina
Dr Dawn Harper discusses what is normal when it comes to vaginas, looking at everything from discharge and childbirth, to the normal variations in vulval appearance. The video also includes discussions with teenagers from around the country and the cast of Hollyoaks.
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