You wouldn’t know it with all the cold weather we’re having, but Spring is in the air, so here is your comp-V-hensive guide to what’s growing in your flower garden, why we women tend to keep our flower beds in the shade and some cosmetic pruning vaj-vice.
Our vaginas are not the easiest thing to discuss
For whatever reason, us women have been told for years to cover up our privates, pull our skirts down and keep our legs crossed. We spend a lifetime learning that our vagina is not a polite topic of conversation. The Struggle is V real. The taboo is not invented and the vagina is censored. We are ashamed.
I blame Barbie for setting unrealistic expectations of what is supposed to be between my legs. I could point fingers at the porn industry for glorifying a certain type of vulva and removing the hair down there – all the better to see it with! Social media, fashion and popular TV & Film all portray our lady bits as perfectly plucked, plastic looking Barbie body parts. They lack truthful representations of real women and what’s normal. The censoring means there is a huge lack of knowledge when it comes to knowing and naming the parts of your vagina.
Loving Your Labia
Get the lowdown on your labia here...
The labia are the flaps of skin either side of the vagina opening. The Inner Labia are known medically as the Labia Minora, and the Outer Labia are known as the Labia Majora.
There are 7 main types of Labia
You may fit into the list below, or have a variation of a few.
1. Assymetrical Inner Lips
2. Curver Outer Lips
3. Prominent Inner Lips
4. Prominent Outer Lips
5. Small Closed Lips
6. Small Open Lips
7. Visible Inner Lips
For diagrams of these, and an interview with MYA’s expert gynaecology procedures, Dr Mofid Ibraheim, have a look here at this Cosmopolitan magazine article.
IS MY LADY V NORMAL?
Welcome to the Republic of Labia, where everything goes.
The truth is – it’s ALL normal. Variations between symmetry, colour, shape and size is as common as daisys. Stick that in your flower garden before you say you’re “not normal”.
Whilst all these differences are normal and occur from your genetic makeup, changes in your vagina and labia can be down to hormones, age or even a medical condition. Keep an eye on your vajayjay and any noticeable changes should be talked about with a doctor.
TUNNEL AHEAD CLOSED
Lane ahead closed due to an obstruction caused by BABY COMING THROUGH.
Another huge factor that can cause a change to your vagina is pregnancy and childbirth. With a woman’s vagina having the ability to expand to 10cm to let your baby through, it really is an amazing and stretchy organ. But whilst the vagina can withstand some pretty hard wear and tear - wince - the effect that pregnancy has on your lovely lady bits depends on the size of your baby, length of time spent pushing, genes and even if the delivery was assisted with those lovely tools. They are called forceps, which I personally think look like a Medieval torture device left over from days gone by. 40% of women experience incontinence after childbirth, and 50% of first time mums will need stitches after having a baby.
What I am here to tell you is that your vagina isn’t ugly. IT’S LOVELY. So why all the Designer Vaginas?
It is upsetting that any woman might hate the parts that make her female by design but vaginal cosmetic surgery is on the rise, and if we spend so long discussing why our vaginas don’t need altering, then how come in July 2017, The Independent dubbed ‘designer vagina’ surgery the ‘world’s fastest-growing cosmetic procedure’ with labiaplasty operations up 45% year on year?
Because sometimes, vaginal insecurity prevails and it’s not always because of vanity
The shape of your vagina can cause you pain and discomfort, which is why more than 200 girls under 18 had a vaginal procedure in 2015-2016.
The vaginas appearance can affect your confidence so much that it impacts the clothes you choose to wear, your sex life, and the activities that you do – like riding a bike, running, dancing and yoga. These issues are deeper than the vagina itself, and loss of strength in the wall of the inner vagina can affect women emotionally as well as physically.
There are 2 main reasons why women are opting for cosmetic surgery on their vagina,
1. To help minimise pain
2. To improve the appearance
These women are achieving a better quality of life through increased comfort and sexual confidence.
Labiaplasty & Vaginal Tightening
Vaginal cosmetic surgery is a growing industry in the UK with many women opting for labiaplasty, vaginal tightening and pubic mound liposuction for aesthetic purposes or to increase the sexual experience.
Labiaplasty is the most popular procedure and involves reducing the amount of excess tissue around the labial minora (the inner skin that protrudes around the outside of the vaginal outer skin) for a neater and more symmetrical look. It removes discomfort from chafing, pinching and sores caused by excess skin, with some women unable to wear a bikini because their labia wont fit in and finding it difficult to cycle due to the pain – this is the surgery for them.
Vaginal Tightening - often referred to as a “Designer Vagina”
Many women choose to undergo vaginal surgery, and vaginal tightening is particularly popular with new mums. Following childbirth, often the muscles of the vagina will lose elasticity and begin to sag. This relaxation of muscle tone, causing a loosening of the vaginal muscles and surrounding tissue, can also occur as women begin to age. Vaginal tightening surgery aims to assist with the muscle tone of the vagina by ensuring the muscles and supporting tissues are tightened.