Labia is a Latin-derived term meaning "lips. These are the smaller hairless folds of tissue just within the labia majora on either side of the opening to the vagina. There really isn't anything about your vagina that is normal.
In case you're not familiar with the anatomical terms, the inner and outer folds of your vulva are called the labia majora and labia minora. The majora are the outer lips the ones that grow hair while the minora are the inner lips, which connect to the clitoral hood. The majora typically at least partially envelop the labia minora.
Right there among life's great questions, like "Is there an afterlife? See, there is not really any such thing as a normal vagina. Like the leprechaun or the CHUD, the idea of there being one kind of "normal vagina" is a total myth.
It can help with body image anxiety. Now, her latest work puts vulvas and vaginas in the spotlight thanks to her new book Womanhood: The Bare Reality and forthcoming Channel 4 documentary: Vaginas. And when women share intimate photos and deeply personal experiences relating to their vaginas, the result is a tender yet taboo-exploding message of women reclaiming their womanhood. I think a part of me was shying away from that intimacy because I would have to address my own related experiences.
Back to Sexual health. Vaginas are designed to help us have and enjoy sex, have periods and have babies. But what's normal and what's not?
We all wonder whether what's under our clothes looks like what's under other women's clothes, especially when it comes to things like nipples or even more private parts. If you're wandering around worried you have weird labia, you're not the only one. But in reality, it's exceedingly unlikely that your labia are too long, too uneven, or abnormal in any other way.
What exactly IS a vagina? It's a surprisingly commong question, and one a good old vagina diagram can sure help out. You might think you've got it all down pat down there, but we use a lot of code words to talk about it, and we use the technical word itself in the wrong way — after all, it's not entirely accurate to call the extended network between your legs just the "vagina.
Women's genitals are as diverse as our faces, as you can see in the Labia Library photo gallery. We are accustomed to some faces being accepted as "beautiful", and know that the standard varies across time and culture. We may be less familiar with the idea that similar judgements are made about the vulva.
But regardless, just like we all have different colored hair, eyes, and skin, the skin on and around our genitalia can look pretty different, too. I have the book Body Dramaby Nancy Reddand it has a whole spread of vulva pics. Seriously, not one of them is the same color, shape, or size. Do not include personal information within comments including name, age, location.