Overview of the vagina and vulva
While the vaginal passage is only one part of the female genitalia, most people use the term “vagina” to refer to the following areas:
- The vagina is the internal genital tract that ends at the cervix, which opens into the uterus.
- The vulva is the external genitalia that includes the following parts:
- Mons pubis – This is the triangular pad of fat that sits over the pubic bone.
- Labia majora – This is the outer lips that cover the more sensitive parts of the external genitalia. The outer side of the labia majora is covered by pubic hair. The inner part is smooth and has sebaceous glands.
- Labia minora – Under the labia majora, these inner lips surround the opening of the vagina.
- Skene’s glands and Bartholin's glands: These glands produce lubrication and are found in the labia minora.