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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
Tetbury Hospital

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I feel like my labia minora is rather large. What is like, a "normal" size? I'm 16 and sexually active but I've always just been self conscious about this :(





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I'm 14, a virgin, and I do masturbate a lot. So I was just wondering If it's normal for it to be white-ish color and a bit puffy around the actual vagina hole? also, my clit is really painully sensitive to the point where it feels like someones pressing a pin into it when i touch it, why? someone please answer >.<





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I don't think that is normal... You should contact a physician.

Help I'm 18 don't feel ANYTHING during intercourse with my boyfriend. And please don't say that it's normal because it's not. I know that sex is suppose to have a good sensation inside because my friends always tell me how amazing sex feels for them. We've tried every position possible and we tried rubbing my clitoris but it doesn't work either. I can achieve an orgasm through my clitoris. When I rub my clitoris while engaging in intercourse, it doesn't have an affect either. We always do foreplay and I'm always very aroused before we have sex. It's just when he sticks his penis inside of me, I don't feel ANYTHING. It's just numb. Please help. It has nothing to do with his size (he's pretty big) and it has nothing to do with lack of clitoral stimulation (because we tried that). It's also not because there is too much lube. Please help. This is really stressful because without sex I won't feel like a woman )-:





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When I have on underwear I can see lump (clitoris) sticking out it does that all the time. What does that mean? I can feel it whenever I stand or sit.





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Hi so I'm really unsure on this but I've never noticed it until now, I get like these little pimples come up on my inner lips but it's its not on the outside its mor like it is little lumps underneath the skin and I'm really worried about this but also I get little pimples that actually come up on the top and i don't think its normal and I don't feel comfortable telling my mum or going to a doctor about this can someone help?





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What does the inside of a vagina feel like? I have had tiny bumps on the inside of my vagina wall since before I lost my vaginity, so I am just curious if they are normal, they dont hurt they just feel wierd.





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Hi! I am 13 and I am a girl and I sometimes masturbate. BTW I already got my period. From looking at numerous websites it seems like that when people touch their clitoris and when they finger themselves that feel pleasure. But when I touch my clitoris and when I finger myself I don't feel anything. I do get wet and when I read erotic material I do feel a weird sensation around my vulva but that is it. Is it normal to not feel anything? Do I have a medical condition? Please HELP!





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Your normal :) I'm 17 and i masturbate and when I read stuff like that I get the sexy feels. Another way to masturbate is to go under a running shower/tap anything with high powered water and put your vagina there. Just make sure it's not hot and don't use lots of bubble bath in your vagina as it cleans itself. That's what works for me and it's another method that a few ppl I know use, goodluck xx

Hi I'm 16, and ive been in a relation ship for over a year now and ive not been comfortable to do anything sexual with my partner as I'm worries what he will think of vagina. I do not know the technical terms but i have really large lips. They dangle down and you can see the lump where they are through my underwear they dangle quite low. This makes me really conscious and i want them reduced in size to make it normal. Any help or suggestions what to do. Id rather have a reduction without anyone knowing. Please help me





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Listen everyone esp at that age and it being their first time is super nervous about how they look down there. I'm sure UR just being overly self conscious about it. And if it's ur first time doing it. And his too. He'll be equally as nervous about how he looks to u. And hell not be just staring at UR V u have a hole body. And hell be looking at everything. If he has the balls too usually they don't really stare until later and when things get more comfortable. Be confident. And he prob won't notice if u get all shy about it. And put it out there he will. And again. UR just being overly self conscious which is completely normal. But u shoul be completely comfortable UR first time. And comfortable with UR partner. If not after a year. Mayb u guys should spend more intimate time togeter. Non sexually. Just getting deep into each other.

Hi I'm 15 and about a day ago (last night) i was in the shower and I wiped my vaginal area quite hard and so I felt a sharp pain but it seemed to ache a little afterwards. It didn't really hurt today but when I walk it can start to ache a little. I've literally just came off my period but I wore a pad today when I didn't really need to which could have irritated it abit. I haven't been the toilet all day either not because I didn't need to but because I wasn't desperate so I went to the toilet earlier today and it's not really aching anymore but it's only when I walk. I'm not sexually active or pregnant by the way!! But i guess I'm just worried as to what it could be!!





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I'm bi and have a girlfriend. We're thinking about having sex and I just want to know where I could go to make sure my vagina is ok. She wouldn't care but I'm just curious and want to make sure I'm healthy. Thanks for any comments you may have :)





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