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Let's get intimate

Our intimate area is made up of many marvellous parts, but can you name them? Many of us ladies aren’t as familiar with our anatomy as we would like to be, especially when it comes to our private parts. There’s no time like the present for a quick multiple choice test to see how much you know. Put your knowledge to the test in our interactive quiz.

Do you know
your vulva from your vagina?

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Many people often mistake this external area for the vagina

So what’s it called?

  • Uterus
  • Vulva
  • Clitoris

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It’s the vulva!

Your vulva comprises all the external organs of your intimate area – including the labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and the external openings of the urethra and vagina. It’s often confused with the vagina – which is actually inside your body.

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This spongy tissue is located at the top of your vulva

So what’s it called?

  • Clitoris
  • Urethra
  • Cervix

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It’s the clitoris!

Your clitoris has thousands of nerve endings – more than any other part of your body – and its primary purpose is to make you feel good.

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These lips are the vulva’s first line of defence

So what’s it called?

  • Labia Minora
  • Labia Majora
  • Clitoral Hood

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It’s the labia majora!

Latin for ‘major lips,’ the labia majora is the vulva’s outer lips and the first line of defence against the outside world – protecting the softer tissues underneath.

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A fold of skin that often varies in size, shape and thickness

So what’s it called?

  • Clitoral Hood
  • Urethra
  • Labia Minora

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It’s the clitoral hood!

The clitoral hood is a fold of skin that protects the sensitive clitoris but – aside from protecting the clitoral glands – it stimulates pleasure.

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Little factories that release eggs every month

So what are they called?

  • Fallopian tubes
  • Ovaries
  • Mons Pubis

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It’s the ovaries!

These little organs produce and store eggs that are either fertilised by sperm or flushed out during menstruation. They also produce hormones, including oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone that control things like your period and pregnancy.

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A tiny opening that you pee out of

So what’s it called?

  • Cervix
  • Vagina
  • Urethra

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It’s the urethra!

This small opening – where urine comes out – is right below the clitoris. It's hard to see and you can't really feel anything there. Many young women think the clitoris is actually the urethra but don't be fooled.

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This cylinder of tissue is the permeable barrier between the uterus and vagina

So what’s it called?

  • Cervix
  • Ovaries
  • Vulva

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It’s the cervix!

The cervix divides your vagina and uterus and its purpose is to let menstrual blood out and sperm in. It's also the part that dilates before a woman gives birth.

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This canal stretches during childbirth before returning to its starting size.

So what’s it called?

  • Vagina
  • Uterus
  • Clitoris

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It’s the vagina!

Located right below your urethral opening, the vagina is a tube that connects your vulva with your cervix and uterus. It's where menstrual blood leaves your body, and where babies pass through during childbirth.

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These lips provide a second layer of protection

So what’s it called?

  • Clitoris
  • Clitoral Hood
  • Labia minora

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It’s the labia minora!

Labia minora are the inner lips that protect the vulva from dryness, irritation and infections. They often come in a variety of shapes, sizes & skin shades and are as unique as our fingerprints.

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A highway where fresh eggs travel after leaving the ovaries.

So what’s it called?

  • Fallopian Tubes
  • Birth canal
  • Inguinal canal

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It’s the fallopian tubes!

After an egg is released from the ovary, it makes its way down one of two fallopian tubes towards the uterus where it can be fertilised by sperm.

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Where a foetus grows during pregnancy

So what’s it called?

  • Birth canal
  • Uterus
  • Ovaries

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It’s the uterus!

Also known as the womb, the uterus is a safe home where a future baby (should you choose to have one) will live for nine months. It sheds its lining every 28 days(ish) – when there's no pregnancy – otherwise known as getting your period.

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So how
did you
get on?

And more importantly how did you do measure up against everyone else?

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Most people score 9

A bit of revision wouldn’t go amiss. Check out the results above to get up to speed and give the quiz another shot.

Not bad but there’s always room for improvement. Recap on the answers above so that next time you can nail it.

Way to go! You clearly know your minora from your majora. Help us spread the word and help us get more intimate with our intimate parts.

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Sara

“I personally would recommend using a pH-balanced wash to ensure you are cleaning your vulval skin thoroughly without disrupting your natural pH-balance. Using water alone will not harm the intimate balance however many women also want the added benefits of cleansing, soothing and moisturising the skin.”

What is pH‑balance?

Our expert dermatologist, Dr Clare Patterson, gives you the low-down.

pH-balance is a measure of how acid or alkali something is. The skin on your body has a pH-level of 5.5. However, the pH-level of intimate skin is closer to 4.5.

If the pH of intimate vulval skin changes (making it less, or more, acidic) it can cause irritation, or – in some cases – cause bacteria and can multiply, resulting in infections such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush.

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