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The Vagina Files Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa
The Vagina Files Image Credit: Women's Health South Africa

The Vagina Files

We’re not afraid to get real about sexual health. But have you got the low-down on your lady bits?

Clare Baxter

It’s been a while since we were in awks-inducing sex ed classes labelling fallopian tubes. But even as adults in 2019, we could all stand to learn more about our vaginas. Luckily, it seems they’re quite the hot topic right now. Athletes, such as Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui and fitness guru Kayla ltsines, are candid about how periods affect their performance, while celebs share everything from vagina-steaming pics (Chrissy Teigen, we’re looking at you – doctors advise against it, BTW) to stories of endometriosis. Heck, singer Janelle Monáe even wears vulva-shaped trousers in her music video for Pynk. And we’re 100 percent here for it. So, in the spirit of myth-busting, behold the trivia you never knew you needed to know about your vagina et al. Class is officially in session.

WHAT ACTUALLY COUNTS AS THE VAGINA?

A The stretchy, muscular passageway from the vulva to the cervix.

B Everything going on down there.

C The lips outside the genitals.

ANSWER: A. High-10 if you got this one right: a British survey by The Eve Appeal found 44 percent of women couldn’t point out the vagina on a diagram of the reproductive tract. “People often get mixed up with their vagina and their vulva,” says family-planning specialist Dr Deborah Bateson. So, how can you tell them apart? Think of the vagina as the st


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