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Vagina Diagram Labeled: All You Need to Know

Team Peanut
Team Peanut6 months ago5 min read

If the last time you encountered a vagina diagram was in high school biology class, you may feel it’s time for a bit of a refresher.

Vagina Diagram

Whether you’re the owner of this magnificent body part, an adoring fan, or both, there’s a lot to discover.











So, knowing that no two vaginas are exactly alike, let’s dive in.

Welcome to vagina anatomy 101.

In this article: 📝

  • Vagina diagram showing what comes out where
  • What is the vagina?
  • Your vagina chart

Vagina diagram showing what comes out where

First things first, we’re using the word “vagina” quite loosely here. In fact, we’re going to be exploring the vagina and all the parts within its general vicinity.

So before we dive in, let’s answer this very important question:

What is the vagina?

The vagina is a muscular connecting tunnel between your cervix and your vulva — essentially the joining point between the inside world of your reproductive system and the outside world.

A key feature of the vagina is that things come out of it and things go into it.

It lets blood and endometrial tissue out when you have your period.

It allows penises, sex toys, and fingers in when you have sex.

And it’s the passage through which you give birth if you have a vaginal delivery.

So yes, this phenomenal portal has some very important jobs to do.

But its surrounding areas are also vital to the community of parts we often place under the blanket term “vagina”.

There’s also the labia, the all-important clitoris, and the urethra — to name some key players.

So, our diagram of vagina parts is more a diagram of vagina-related parts. We’re going to explore the whole region.

Your vagina chart

Vagina diagram outer

Illustration by Lucy Han via Teen Vogue.

Vagina anatomy

Illustration by blueringmedia via Getty Images.

Vulva

The vulva is the outside area of your reproductive system.

When people talk about the vagina, they’re often really referring to this external section.

It’s made up of the labia (or lips), the vulval vestibule (or vaginal opening), the opening of the urethra (where you pee from), and the clitoris (🎉).

We’ll take you through the details.

Labia majora

These are the outer lips that surround your vaginal opening.

This fleshy exterior layer is covered in pubic hair and acts as protection for the other parts of the genital area.

Labia minora

These are the inner lips and are found inside your labia major.

They start at your clitoris and end just beneath the opening of your vagina.

All vulvae are different.

For some, the labia minora stick out past the labia majora, while for others, it’s the other way around.

Fun fact? For many of us, the labia swell when we’re aroused.

Vaginal vestibule

The gateway to vagina, this is another name for your vaginal opening.

You’ll find it between the opening of your urethra and your anus.

On either side of the vaginal vestibule, just inside the opening, are the Bartholin’s glands.

They release secretions that lubricate your vagina.

The opening of the vagina has a covering of tissue called the hymen.

Some people have so little of this tissue that it seems as though the hymen doesn’t exist.

And some people have tissue that covers the whole opening.

If you’ve heard the story that links hymens to virginity, well that’s not entirely true. So where does this tale come from?

For some people, the first time they have penetrative vaginal sex, the hymen stretches open and this can cause some bleeding.

But there are so many other ways this can happen — sports, masturbation, using tampons, to name but a few.

There are many ways to have sex and many ways to stretch your hymen.

So the link between hymens and virginity — well, it just doesn’t hold up.

Opening of the urethra

This is the little hole you pee through.

It’s located just below your clitoris and above your anus.

On either side of the urethra are your Skene’s glands, sometimes referred to as the female prostate.

When you’re turned on, increased blood flow to the area causes these glands to swell.

They also excrete fluids that help with lubrication — yep, that’s female ejaculation — and this liquid may have antimicrobial properties.

Vulval vestibule

This small piece of tissue between the labia minora is home to many important orifices.

It’s located between the vagina and the vulva and houses the opening of the vagina and the opening of the urethra.

Clitoris

Your clitoris is inside your labia, right at the top of your vulva where the two inner lips meet.

The tip is called the glans.

It’s protected by a fold of skin known as the hood.

But what you see is only the beginning of the story.

The body of the clitoris — called the corpora cavernosa — is hidden deep inside you, with some extending up to five inches.

Mons pubis

This is the fatty tissue that covers your pubic bone at the top part of your vulva.

It contains glands that secrete substances called pheromones that are involved in sexual attraction.

Perineum

This area is between your anus and the opening of the vagina.

Giving birth vaginally can cause tears in your perineum.

In some cases, your doctor may perform what’s known as an episiotomy, where they make a small cut in the perineum to assist with the birth process.

Anus

Your anus is your digestive tract’s opening to the outside world. Mouth on the one end, anus on the other.

And there you have it!

If you’re into it, why not explore the area yourself?

We’ll give you some tips to get you started:

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Happy wandering!

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