MINI POST SERIES: Thing I wish I had learned in Sex Ed/Health class–What do vaginas/vulvas look like and is mine normal?

A big place I feel women have been let down in regards to our sexual education is simple female anatomy. Too many people (women AND men) do not know the different parts of a woman’s urogenitals, vulva, and reproductive organs and if they are “normal”.

So let’s “dive” right in!


Let’s just start with a great sample representation of the different ways a vulva can look. FYI: the vulva is the sum of many parts and includes everything shown below.

Vulva from a direct point of view.

This is only one small sampling I took off the internet-this is definitely NOT a representation of how every vulva looks.

Now that that is out of the way and you are hopefully feeling a little more normal about how yours looks let’s move on to the rest.


To get a little more in-depth here is the full extent of the clitoris -WAAAYY more than the “button” up top!

See how the clitoris (the dark pink) actually extends all the way around the vestibule and vagina like a wish bone? Some females have clitoral nerves that, due to a few different reasons, are stimulated enough to trigger an orgasm via vaginal penetration but this scenario only occurs in a small % of the female population so you can totally stop feeling shitty that you don’t orgasm during sex-you’re the norm!

And you can be all smarty pants and inform your cocky male sexual partners of this as well, that less than 25% of females orgasm during penetration so they need to get to helping you “get there” some other way.

Vagina and Cervix

I have also heard and read from women that they don’t know what the vagina (the actual canal) looks like or feels like, and, again, if theirs is normal. The vagina is typically described as feeling spongy and ridged, the cervix is a round fleshy ball at the end which depending on the time in the menstrual cycle can be high up in the vagina or low hanging with different sensitivities. Notice the ridges inside on vagina in this image.

The G-spot technically is real, although a G-spot orgasm isn’t always achievable by everyone-it again depends on your clitoral nerves, the vaginal nerves, and the your specific G-spot anatomy. BUT everyone has the spongy bulb on the inside of their vaginal canal typically referred to as the G-spot, it’s actually the urethral sponge.

Cervix is round, fleshy, and typically harder feeling than the surrounding vaginal tissue

There was only a couple of anatomical images for the vagina and cervix that were under public use for me to use. There are very many more if you just do an internet search. If you use the medical terms you usually get images that aren’t porn lol.

Vestibular papillae

Perfectly normal! Typically your are born with it, but it can develop later in life as well-kind of like a maybelline face! It’s in your DNA. It is NOT an STI, HPV, or warts. These papillae can range in numbers from just a couple to many like in the image below. They just happen… but if you have any worries about yours please see a gynecologist.

Vestibular Papillomatosis bumps

*The photos I have used for this post were all public use images and only a small sample of what the vulva, vagina, cervix, etc can look like when healthy and not fighting an infection or inflammation. Yours might not look like any of the ones represented here, these are just photos that women have agreed to have taken and distributed.

That’s all for this mini post in the series “Things I wish I had learned in Sex Ed/Health class”. I don’t get into pubic hair simply because it’s hair, it’s removable, it’s black, blonde, red, brown, thin to super thick, straighter, curlier, on the thighs or not……there’s just too much variable to the pubic hair norms and honestly who cares? If you don’t like it, trim it. It’s on your body, do with it what YOU want, no what someone else wants you to do with it!

Thanks for reading!

One response to “MINI POST SERIES: Thing I wish I had learned in Sex Ed/Health class–What do vaginas/vulvas look like and is mine normal?”

  1. […] simply put, is chronic vulvar pain without an identifiable cause. Vestibulitis is cellular level inflammation of the vestibule […]


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