Not all of us had the privilege of attending sex and health education classes back then. But even for those who did, did we really pay attention to the seemingly boring anatomy of our reproductive organs? We won’t judge you for that, really. Regardless, the fact that you’re here now probably means you want to learn more about the complexity of women’s reproductive organs.
Basically, women’s reproductive organs consist of two parts: the external (what you can see) and the internal (inside the body). Now, let’s match the terms to the correct parts.
Let’s start with the external genitalia, which is called the vulva. The vulva is a unique-shaped piece of flesh that acts as the outer layer of the vaginal opening. The vulva consists of several parts: the clitoris, clitoral hood, labia minora, labia majora, urethral opening, and vaginal opening. It’s important to note that the vulva is not the same as the vagina, but rather the area where the vaginal opening is located.
If we look at the bigger picture, the vagina is both inside and outside the body. The outer part is the vaginal opening, located within the vulva, while the inner part is the vaginal canal. The vaginal canal is a muscular tube that serves as the pathway for the penis during intercourse, allows menstrual blood to exit, and serves as the birth canal for delivering a baby. On average, the unaroused vagina is a little over 8.9 cm deep.
It’s common for people to confuse the vulva and vagina since they are located close to each other and have similar names. On the other hand, the uterus is easier to differentiate from the other two. However, many people still don’t know what it looks like and often mistake it for other reproductive organs connected to the uterus.
The uterus is the reproductive organ where women carry their babies. During ovulation, egg cells are released by the ovaries, travel through the fallopian tubes, and then attach to the uterus. If fertilisation occurs, the egg cell develops into a baby. If not, both the unfertilised egg and the uterus lining are shed during menstruation.
We hope this can help you expand your knowledge or provide a better explanation to the younger women around you who need to understand their own bodies. If this is the case, we recommend checking out our First Period Kit!
The First Period Kit is designed for girls who are experiencing their first period, or for caregivers to give as a supportive gift to the young girls in their lives. It includes some MOOVE period underwear, a First Period Guide booklet to navigate this new experience with confidence, as well as a cute bracelet, stickers, and a piece of chocolate to uplift their mood ;)