Vaginal dryness or Vulvar dryness: Learning about the V
Let’s be real ladies, you reach a certain age and whether you want it or not you have to deal with the vaginal dryness issue. Having an in-depth understanding of the V is not exactly on our list of things that we know the most about, let alone something that we as women particularly enjoy having long conversations about. It’s safe to say that talks of our private and most intimate parts can make for an awkward conversation, especially when talking about touchy subjects like vaginal dryness related to menopause or any other cause.
Regardless of the sense of taboo that women get when talking about their V, we feel like it’s important to share the knowledge that we have about some of women’s most vital organs. It’s amazing how just having a deeper understanding of our womb can help make the conversation a little less embarrassing and make us feel good about ourselves at the same time. So, without any further ado, let’s get up close in personal with our V’s.
Now, it’s quite common for women to mistakenly use incorrect terms when describing their intimate parts. Therefore, we think that it’s best to start with the basics: your vagina and your vulva. Contrary to what you might have heard, they are not the same thing. The vulva is the skin that surrounds your inner pink parts which is your vagina. To give you a better idea of the difference between the two, think about if you were to hold a mirror in front of your genitals. The only part of the vagina that you can actually see is the vaginal opening—everything else is part of your vulva.
Let’s take a moment to really talk about your vulva. You can almost think of her as that overprotective big sister who is the first line of defense for her little sister. If you take care of the big sister properly, then she will do her part to protect her little sister. We know what you’re thinking. You cannot be serious, right? Wait, hear us out! If you keep your vulva healthy by not wearing tight clothes, preventing the potential for ingrown hairs and even make sure she’s okay during sex, then your vagina will be in good shape. Let’s face it ladies: the vulva goes through a lot more than we give it credit for.
Take the dreaded “m” word for example. During menopause, night sweats and hot flashes aren’t the only thing you have to look forward to. In fact, many women aren’t ready for the vaginal dryness that accompanies these other menopause symptoms. The vaginal dryness associated with menopause directly affects the vulva. While the hormonal aspects of menopause are something that typically require some type of over the counter medication, the vaginal dryness that comes with menopause does not. We’ll come back to that a little later.
First things first: you’re probably still in need a little more tutoring in the anatomy of your intimate parts, so that you can understand exactly what the vulva is. Don’t worry, we’re going to break it down for you a little further with some in depth definitions of the different functions of each part.
Vulva: As you can see, the vulva is the outer region of your genital area which is what we see when we look in the mirror. More often than not, people tend to call this area the vagina which is a very common mistake. Vulvas can come in different shapes and sizes, so no two are exactly alike.
Clitoris: The clitoris is the small area of the female sex organ which is similar to that of a tiny ball. It’s located in the front of the vagina area and is affectionately known as the pleasure spot. As a matter of fact, this tiny area has about 15,000 nerves in it with only one purpose: to provide you with sexual gratifications.
Labia Majora: The labia majora is the outer layers or folds of skin that are in the vulva area. Many refer to the area as the outer layers of the vulva and are there to protect the vagina.
Labia Minora: The labia minora, also called the inner labia are two of the smaller, folded pieces of skin tissue that reside in the inner parts of your labia majora. They serve the purpose of protecting the vagina and providing lubrication as well as an aid in stimulation during sexual intercourse. As an aside, some women have found that this part of their vulva sticks out past the labia majora. This is completely natural and nothing to be concerned about.
Vagina: the actual vagina is the part of the female genitalia that serves as a hallway linking your uterus to the other parts we previously mentioned. Again, only the opening of the vagina can be seen when looking in a mirror. The rest of it is all internal.
Vestibule: The vestibule is simple the proper term for the vaginal opening.
Urethral Opening: The urethral opening is the place that opens and closes when we have to pee.
That’s all the parts of the vulva! Now you’re probably a lot more in touch with the inner workings of your intimate parts than before. Hopefully, you get where we’re coming from with making sure that we keep the big sister happy so that she will take care of the little sister.
That only leaves one question: what’s the best ways to care for big sis? Our answer: being proactive with her maintenance. There are a plethora of different products that claim to be this much better than the next, but most all have a very fatal flaw. They ooze toxic chemicals into our bodies. What many women do not realize is that our vulva is highly permeable. In other words, your V is extremely sensitive and quite susceptible to anything you put on it. Using the wrong products can be detrimental to big sis’s health.
The benefits to using natural products on your vulva are countless, and we at Arôms Natur Skincare understand that. That’s why our natural products for your vulva are so effective. Apart from aiding in combatting vaginal dryness, Nourish Your V also helps to relieve the discomfort and vaginal irritation that is associated with it.