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A Young Woman's Gyn Health Glossary

Female Anatomy Lesson

Formal: Vagina

Slang: Honey pot, hoo-ha, muffin, vajay-jay, vaj

Basics: Your vagina is a stretchy tube that connects the uterus to the outside world. To make a baby, a man inserts his penis here. For a traditional birth, the baby leaves the body via the vagina, and the vagina shrinks back to its normal size.

What we refer to as "the vagina" has a lot of parts with their own proper names.

Vulva: This word covers all the outside parts of a woman's genitals, including:

  • Mons Veneris, or "mountain of Venus”: This is the fleshy area just above the opening to the vagina. Underneath is the pubic bone. It's covered in pubic hair in adult women.
  • Labia Minora: These are the inner, small "lips" of the vagina.
  • Labia Majora: These are the outer, large lips of the vagina.
  • Clitoris: The part of this organ you see is a tiny hooded knob. It's above the spot where you pee, the urethra. When the clitoris is touched, you become sexually aroused. It can swell and become erect, which can lead to an orgasm.
  • Urethral opening: This small opening is just above the opening to the vagina. It's where pee leaves your body.

Hymen: This stretchy skin covers the opening of the vagina. In slang, it's called a ''cherry'' that can be ''popped'' or torn when a girl loses her virginity. The hymen, however, can also be broken by being active.

Perineum: The space between the vaginal opening and the anus.

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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on January 25, 2013

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