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What’s the Difference between Vagina and Vulva?

By The Honey Pot Company

What’s the Difference between Vagina and Vulva?

“Vagina,” it’s the term most commonly used to refer to female sexual anatomy. So, what’s the vulva, and what's the difference between the vagina and vulva? All of the external parts of the female reproductive organs- your clitoris, labia majora and labia minora, your pubic mound and the opening of the urethra and vagina make up what is called the vulva. Your vagina is actually just one part of your vulva, but as mentioned many of us use that term to refer to the entirety of female sex/reproductive organs. Isn’t it crazy that in 2019, we are still using incorrect terminology about the female body?

When referring to feminine care, it is the vulva that you need to maintain, not necessarily the vagina, which as we always hear, is self-cleansing. The external vulva area is not. Once we understand the female body contains more than just the vagina, it answers the question of why you should use feminine hygiene products. Our cleanse systems, which include our feminine wash and wipes, are only to be used on your external vulva areas to combat odor-causing bacteria, while also hydrating the outer vulva areas which can become irritated from clothing, daily activities and more. They should not be used inside the vagina. Taking the time to get to know your anatomy and the proper scientific terms is one of the most important things you can do as a female. While you can call your area down there anything you want, we think it’s important to educate women (and MEN!) on the correct terminology for the complex feminine system, and not just refer to everything as “vagina.” Your vulva contains the very important opening to the vagina, clitoris and is something to be proud of!

All vulvas are different and amazing. For some extra inspiration and empowerment, check out this Instagram account, The Vulva Gallery, celebrating vulva diversity.

 

 

 

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