It cannot be denied that sometimes, as a woman, you wonder if your sexual organ is the same as others’. Are you one of those who also think like that? Did you know that the vagina has a variety of shapes, sizes, and different colors? Then, how differently are vaginas shaped?
Know the anatomy of the vagina
The characteristics and shapes of the vagina are different and unique in each person. Some people have small and oval-shaped vagina while others have a tubular and larger vagina.Thus, if your vagina is different from your fellows, it may not necessarily be called abnormal.
The vagina is an elastic channel with a length of approximately 8 cm that connects the uterus with the outside of the body. With a soft and flexible lining that can produce lubricants and feel many sensations, the vagina becomes the penis entry space during intercourse. In the process of delivery, this very elastic channel can expand and become the exit way of a baby. In addition, the vagina is also a blood discharge channel during menstruation.
The entrance to the vagina is called the vulva. The vulva is the external part of the female organ including the opening of the vagina, the vaginal lips or the labia and the clitoris located on the upper outer portion of the vagina. Labia or vaginal lips also differ from one woman to another woman. In some very rare cases, overly large vaginal lips may affect a woman’s comfort while sitting.
The hymen is a layer of membrane that covers and narrows the opening of the vagina. This membrane can be torn due to physical activity or due to sexual intercourse.
Various shapes of vagina you should know
What about the shape of the vagina? The outer shape of the vagina is mostly determined by the vagina lips. Here are five forms of vagina you should know.
The first type is the vagina of the Barbie shape. Why is it called Barbie shape? Because this vaginal shape is similar to the vagina shape in Barbie dolls.
In this vaginal form, the labia minora (the inner lips of the vagina) reside entirely within the labia majora (the outer lip of the vagina), so there is only one vertical crease forming in the middle of the letter ‘V’. The majority of people assume that every woman, born with a vaginal shape like this. In fact only a few have this shape.
This vaginal shape has a labia minora or inner vaginal lips that hang outside the labia majora or outer vaginal lips. Some labia minora are not covered by the labia majora, thus forming several layers. No need to worry if you have a vagina shaped like this, because it turns out a lot of women have this type of vagina.
This form of vagina is almost the same as the Barbie shape, but the labia majora or outer vaginal lips on the vagina puffs out slightly from the pubic bone.
This shape is named tulips because they are similar to tulips in bloom. The labia minora are exposed along the labia majora, or the abia minora can be seen slightly out of the bottom of the labia majora covering it.
This type of horseshoe vagina shows the labia minora but the lower part is covered by the labia majora or the labia majora slightly opening at the top but closing down, resembling a horseshoe.
Is my vagina normal?
Regarding what kind of vagina is most normal or ideal, the answer is there is no ideal shape or form of vagina. In fact, the vaginal lips may vary in size. About 50% women have longer labia minora from the labia majora.
Based on the study published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, the form of labia is very varied, whether it’s the inside of the vagina lips longer than the outer lips and vice versa.
The vagina is also very likely to have an unsymmetrical shape between the left and right. In fact, symmetrical labia are naturally rare. So you do not have to worry if you find your one of your vagina lips longer than each other.
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Review Date: May 30, 2017 | Last Modified: May 30, 2017
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