When women think of what a vag!na ‘looks’ like, it’s almost always cosmetic but truth be told, every woman’s vag!na is different and there is no such thing as ‘normal’.

Vag!nas are completely individual and no two are the same. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else, what someone else’s vag!na looks like is normal for them, but won’t necessarily be what’s normal for you. Yours is completely unique.

What you should be concerned about is your overall vag!nal health. Vag!nal health another important part of a woman’s overall health. Vag!nal problems can affect your fertility, desire for s.e.x and ability to reach cl!max. Prolonged issues with vag!nal health can begin to affect your intimate relationships and cause you stress as well as have a negative impact on your self-confidence. It’s important that you recognise the symptoms of vag!nal issues and get to the bottom of them as soon as possible.

Lets’s start with the 3 major parts you need to know.

Lab!a

Your labias are the outer and inner lips of your vagina and can vary from person to person [Credit: Cosmopolitan]Your lab!as are the outer and inner lips of your vag!na and can vary from person to person [Credit: Cosmopolitan]

The lab!a, your vag!na lips, are folds of skin around your vag!nal opening. The lab!a majora (outer lips) are usually fleshy and covered with pubic hair. The lab!a minora (inner lips) are inside your outer lips. They begin at your cl!toris and end under the opening to your vag!na.

Lab!a can be short or long, wrinkled or smooth. Often one lip is longer than the other. They also vary in color from pink to brownish-black. The color of your lab!a can change as you get older. Some people have larger outer lips than inner lips, and many have larger inner lips than outer lips. Both are sensitive, and swell when you’re turned on.

Normal: Lab!a of all sizes, lengths and colors, including asymmetrical lab!a, and lab!a minora that are larger than the lab!a majora.

Not Normal: Skin of the lab!a discolored with white patches can be a sign of a disease called lichen sclerosus, which is most common of women of menopausal age. Itching, burning, and/or bleeding of the skin on the v#lva could also be signs of a health problem — anything from a skin condition to an STD. If you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms, it’s best to talk to your doctor

Cl!toris

The clitoris is there solely for a woman's pleasure [Credit: Aeon]The cl!toris is there solely for a woman’s pleasure [Credit: Aeon]

The tip of the cl!toris is located at the top of your v#lva, where your inner lips meet. Everyone’s is a different size. It can be about as small a pea or as big as a thumb. The tip of the cl!toris is covered by the cl!toral hood.

This is just the beginning of the cl!toris though. It extends inside your body, back and down on both sides of the vag!na. This part, called the shaft and crura (roots and legs), is about 5 inches long.

Your cl!toris is made of spongy tissue that becomes swollen when you’re aroused (turned on). It has thousands of nerve endings — more than any other part of the human body. And it’s only purpose? To make you feel good.

Normal: Long cl!torises, short cl!torises, or hidden cl!torises.

Not Normal: Cl!toral pain, soreness or inflammation, which can be related to over-stimulation during s.e.x or m@sturbation, or due to a build-up of smegma under your cl!toral hood. Also watch out for itching, which can be a sign of a yeast infection or a condition called bacterial vag!nosis which causes great discomfort.

Vag!na

Even though all women's vaginas look different, here's what you should be concerned with [Credit: Mallory Heyer]Even though all women’s vag!nas look different, here’s what you should be concerned with [Credit: Mallory Heyer]

The vag!na is a tube that connects your v#lva with your c3rvix and uter#s. It’s what babies and m3nstrual blood leave the body through. It’s also where some people put pen!ses, fingers, s.e.x toys, m3nstrual cups, and/or tampons. Your v@gina is really stretchy, and expands when you feel turned on.

Normal: Bumps inside, white and clear discharge.

Not Normal: Clumpy or grey, yellow, or green discharge, often with a strong odour, can indicate problems such as a yeast infection or bacterial vag!nosis. New, abnormal bumps or sores can indicate an STI. Spotting between periods can be related to a wide variety of problems. Itchiness or soreness in or around your vag!nal opening can be a sign of an STI, a yeast infection, or another problem a doctor should take a look at.