Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. They even have different smells. And unless your normal involves pain or discomfort , everything is likely fine. Still unsure?
Lopsided Vagina: Are My Labia Normal?
Developmental Origin of Vaginal Epithelium
The labia are part of the female genitalia ; they are the major externally visible portions of the vulva. In humans, there are two pairs of labia: the labia majora or the outer labia are larger and fattier, while the labia minora are folds of skin between the outer labia. The labia surround and protect the clitoris and the openings of the vagina and the urethra. Labium plural labia is a Latin -derived term meaning " lip ". Labium and its derivatives including labial, labrum are used to describe any lip-like structure, but in the English language, labium often specifically refers to parts of the vulva.
What is the clitoris? And where is it?
None of these possibilities has been definitively proven or disproven by direct scientific data. As the vagina opened in puberty, urogenital sinus epithelium was detected only in the vulva, but not in the vagina. Additionally, from embryo to adult stages, residual Wolffian duct epithelium was present in the dorsolateral stromal wall of the vagina, but not within vaginal or vulvar epithelium. The MDs form as invaginations of coelomic epithelium into the urogenital ridge mesenchyme, and the formed ducts then grow caudally through urogenital ridge mesenchyme in close apposition to the mesonephric or Wolffian ducts WDs Koff, ; Witschi, ; Guioli et al. In females, the caudal tip of the MDs reaches the urogenital sinus UGS and fuses with the vaginal bulbs, which are solid epithelial cords on the dorsal wall of the UGS Koff, ; Bloomfield and Frazer,
The vulva plural: vulvas or vulvae; derived from Latin for wrapper or covering consists of the external female sex organs. The vulva includes the mons pubis or mons veneris , labia majora , labia minora , clitoris , vestibular bulbs , vulval vestibule , urinary meatus , the vaginal opening , hymen , and Bartholin's and Skene's vestibular glands. The urinary meatus is also included as it opens into the vulval vestibule.