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Vulva v. Vagina - The Infamous Debate

By Beatrice Dixon

Vulva v. Vagina - The Infamous Debate

Did you know your vagina is just the internal element of your female genitals? Even though most of us casually use the word vagina to describe our genitalia, this is technically incorrect. Our vaginas are the internal organ where tampons, fingers, penises and sex toys are inserted. It is the canal where babies make their entrance into the world and it is where our monthly menstrual travels before it reaches our pad, tampon or menstrual cup. 


Our vaginas are a truly beautiful ecosystem; complete with it’s own pH (healthy pH is between 3.5-4.5) and a balance of good and bad bacteria. The vagina is typically 6 inches in length and can expand beyond 6 inches when aroused. The vaginal walls consistently shed dead skin cells and bacteria through a daily cleansing process that produces discharge. Vaginal  discharge is totally normal and just a sign that your vagina is cleaning itself hence the common euphemism , the vagina is a self-cleaning oven. You should never “clean” your vagina with wash, soaps or douche as this can disrupt the balance of bacteria. Ridding the vagina of its good bacteria allows the bad bacteria to overgrow leading to BV and yeast infections.


The vulva is the oftentimes neglected and misunderstood little sister to the infamous vagina, but vulva care and hygiene are extremely important for feminine health! Your vulva is the external female genitalia including your clitoris, labia minora and majora (your inner and outer lips), vaginal opening, perineum (the area between your vaginal opening and anus) and  anus. 


Just like the rest of your body, your vulva is covered in skin that needs to be cared for with a specific regimen. Your vulva should be cleansed daily with a lightweight, gentle cleanser free from fragrance, parabens and sulfates. Cleaning the vulva helps reduce a build-up of bacteria which can lead to infection, irritation and inflammation. Washing the vulva before and after sex can also reduce UTI’s and BV. After cleansing your vulva, if you’re dealing with external dryness, we recommend you use a natural vulva moisturizer to keep the skin hydrated. 


Both the vagina and the vulva need to be cared for with healthy, natural products free from toxins, dyes and artificial fragrance. We’re firm believers of creating a natural regimen for your vulva and for your vagina that keeps your honeypot healthy and happy!





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