The vagina is many things: the birth canal, the uterus; direct line to the outside world, the actual portal making intercourse possible… and yet, few people even those with the body part know much about it. We do know people get a little skittish about things they don't understand; and the vagina is no exception. For aeons we've tolerated the vagina being portrayed with dangerously sharp teeth ; watched hack doctors place pleasant scents near the vaginal opening to cure hysteria caused by the mythical wandering womb ; even borne witness to the assumption that vaginal spasms merely " interfere with penetration. Yeah… so none of those things are actually real.
There is a difference between a vulva and a vagina. At our first Dynamo Girl puberty workshops, in our quest to keep things from being confusing, we decided to focus on the internal female reproductive organs: the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus and vagina. We did not speak specifically about the different parts of the vulva because we thought it was too much to cover both the internal and external organs in a single session. If you think saying vulva out loud is hard, try saying anus to a group of 10 year olds.
While men do pee out of the penis, women do not pee out of the vagina. There are three holes. Learn to know your anatomy.
Vaginal anomalies are a category of disorders occurring before birth and involving abnormally formed or absent vaginas the closed muscular canals that extend from the outside of the female genital area to the cervix, the neck of the uterus. Typically, patients progress through puberty normally but never have a menstrual period. If there is menstrual blood collecting in the upper vagina, the patient may present with abdominal or pelvic pain. If the upper vagina is quite distended with menstrual blood, the patient may also have urinary symptoms — such as urinary frequency, urinary urgency, or feelings of incomplete voiding.