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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

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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.

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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.

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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

Read the video transcript

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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With thanks to:
Hollyoaks
University of Birmingham Hockey Club
Llanelli Youth Theatre
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I , I am 13 and my labia is about 1 inch long and its like flaps . Its extremely embarrassing and sometimes hurts when I sit down in a certain position . One Side is longer than the other. Is it normal for girls? Also when I stretch it I see loads of little yellow spots inside the skin and I do not know what is is and there is also a spot/wart below my vagina . Can you please reply and tell me if these things are normal , I am really worried .





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Hi, im 16 and i havnt had my period for about 5 months, ive had regular periods for about 4 years but they suddenly just stopped. im definitely not pregnant as im still a virgin, im just worried incase something is wrong with me





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H Chelsea that happened to me when I was your age and it was because of being anaemic. I had to go for a series of I think Vit B injections. It may not be the same for you but its best for you to go to the doctor and check it out.

Hi i am 14 and there is a small pink ball on the inside of the opening of my vagina on the top of it which seems to cover the opening. It doesnt hurt or anything and am sure it is not my hymen. I am still a virgin and i done some research and some stuff was saying is my "cherry" but when i went on Google images and looked for pictures if normal"cherrys" what i had didn't look nothing like what was on the screen. I can't seem to bulk up the courage to arrange a doctors apt or even tell my mum or older sisters but i need some answers. I decided to investigate my vagina myself and i can still get into my vagina with ma finger but is like i have to push it up to get past. Some one help please





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That might be your clitoris.

I have large labias which are very painful they can hurt when sitting too long also with underwear they get caught up and when on my period they can be difficult to clean up,Im too scared to tell anyone and want to me my doctor to see if I can have them removed,what should I do? I'm 15.





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Hi I'm 13 it like my vagina is inside out the two things that look k like lips on the inside show on the outside and I'm very insecure about it I don't let anyone see me naked I don't know what to do is it normal?





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Yes it's normal. They're all different so be assured that you are not the only one with prominent labia minora.

i have these weird yellowish bumps on my vagina, almost like a rash. it doesn't hurt that much but it is uncomfortable. sometimes it feels itchy, i have no idea what it is or how to get rid of it. please please please help!!!





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Hi, I am 16 and have noticed on the inner lips of my vagina, the labina minora, i have lots of small white bumps and lumps in both sides. They are inside the lips and not on the outside and feel soft but firm. They aren't painful and I don't know if these will clear in time. I have googled and no answers or solutions have come up. I don't want to have to tell my mum about it or see a doctor.





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These small and firm bumps(i have them too)are called fordyce spots. You can google them to make sure it's the same you have . They are harmless but can be removed either through laser or chemical treatment if they are bothering you. Hope this helps :)

Hi, I am 16 and have noticed on the inner lips of my vagina, the labina minora, i have lots of small white bumps and lumps in both sides. Thy are inside the lips, not on the outside and are soft but firm. They aren't painful and I don't know if these will clear in time. I have googled and no answers or solutions have come up. I don't want to have to tell my mum about it or see a doctor.





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Hi, im 13 and i have had blood come out less than a month ago but in my head i keep telling myself this cant be happening i dont know if it real, along with that before this happened clear liquid would come out and now the liquid seems to be out of controll i find my self feeling "horny" alot and i feel gultiy because im not dirty minded. My breasts, thys and butt have all grown ALOT leaveing strech marks i guess i feel embarised becuase i expect guys to compare me with porn stars and they seem perfect but i dont know what im suppost to look like and on top of that i have weird triangle breast that make me need bigger bras but along the bottem my breasts wont fill the space and if i get a smaller bra it wont fit - bra size 36 B , i feel that the standerds that people have for girls make me feel flatt... most defnitely when im near a person who just reached puberty faster and have massive breasts





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Hi licac, what you are experiencing is completely normal for a girl of your age and there is nothing to worry about... you have started your period congratulations, you should tell your mother (or any other close female relative) and she will sort u out. This will the bleeding will happen every month and the clear/white liquid is discharge. Your body changes are also very normal and the same to everyone else (almost) so don't worry about being judged! I am 14 years old and started to experience these changes when I was 12! I hope what I have told you has helped

You're going through puberty. You had your period that is why blood came out. It's going to happen every moth. It's normal.

Hi, I'm 20 and came off my period 5 days ago, after which I had brown discharge, and now its white discharge, I no that's normal but there is alot of discharge!? Please can someone advise? Do I need to seek medical attention?





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U need to know your body , smell the discharge if it smells then yes go to the dr, after yourperiod and even before some women have the brown discharge, before it tells u your period is on its way , after it tells you your body is clearing up ,





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