The vagina is the least part of the body my parents spoke about while I was growing up. I don’t know why parents didn’t lay emphasis on the vagina. I am sure they felt we didn’t know anything so it was cool. Today we will be talking about how to know your vagina.
For many of us, our moms probably said things like “If a boy touches you, you will get pregnant and your father will disown you!” Lol. Freaking scary stuff. But that was not what we were supposed to be told because it was as inaccurate as inaccurate can get.
What we knew, we learnt from romance novels, biology textbooks and our friends who had some “experience”. You will never find a woman tell a young girl to shower, take a mirror, sit on a bed or chair spread-eagled and do an in-depth study of the vagina and what it looks like. To be very honest, I found out the university that the hole for peeing is totally different from the hole for having sex! Embarrassing, I know.
What is a vagina?
According to healthline, a vagina is a part of the female reproductive system. It is a muscular canal that connects the uterus to the exterior of the body. During the birthing process, it is also referred to as the birth canal.
According to webMD, the vagina is an elastic, muscular canal with a soft, flexible lining that provides lubrication. It connects the uterus to the outside world.
According to netdoctor, the vagina is a cylindrical canal, with a moist, soft lining, which runs from the woman’s cervix down to the exterior.
Functions Of The Reproductive System
1. The Fallopian Tube: It is also known as the uterine tube. It transports the ova from the ovary to the uterus every month. In the situation where sperm is present, the fallopian tubes transports fertilized egg to the uterus for implantation.
2. The Ovary- The ovary is responsible for reproducing cells. According to Healthline, females have a pair of ovaries, held by a membrane beside the uterus on each side of the lower abdomen. The ovary is needed in reproduction since it is responsible for producing the female reproductive cells, or ova.
3. The uterus- It is also known as the womb. Healthline says, that the uterus sits in the middle of the pelvis, behind the bladder and in front of the rectum. The actual position of the uterus within the pelvis varies from person to person. The uterus can either be anteverted (it tips forwardly slightly) or retroverted (bends backwards slightly).
4. Cervix- The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina. It is responsible for creating and releasing of mucus. The mucus is always thick during your period. During your menstrual cycle, the mucus prevents the sperm from entering the uterus. When you are not on your period, the mucus is thin and it allows the sperm to go into the uterus. During childbirth, the cervix widens and allows the baby pass through the birth canal.
5. Endometrium- webMD says that the endometrium is the mucous membrane that lines the inside of the uterus (womb). The endometrium changes throughout the menstrual cycle. It becomes thick and rich with blood vessels to prepare for pregnancy. If the woman does not get pregnant, part of the endometrium is shed, causing menstrual bleeding.
6. Myometrium- This is the middle layer of the uterine wall. It is responsible for inducing urine contractions.