Menstrual ABC

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There are 5 names in this directory beginning with the letter V.
Vagina
Primary sexual organ, which has a tubular shape and connects the outer cervix with the vaginal vestibule. The vagina opens into the vaginal vestibule of the vulva and is between eight and twelve centimetres long. It protects the sexual organs that lie deeper in the body. As part of the birth canal, it is flexible. In everyday language the term vagina is often used incorrectly to refer to the vulva as a whole.

Vaginal flora
Naturally existing microbial colonization of the vagina, which consists mainly of different types of lactic acid bacteria. It is responsible for ensuring that harmful germs cannot multiply disproportionately. The natural pH value of the vaginal flora prevents germs from multiplying.

Vaginal vestibule
Part of the vulva that lies between the labias. Around the vaginal vestibule there are glands that are responsible for moistening the vagina.

Vaginismus
Sexual dysfunction or pain disorder, which can be both organic and psychological. It is a persistent or recurrent involuntary cramping or tension of the pelvic floor and the outer third of the vaginal muscles, making the vaginal entrance appear very narrow or as if closed. The tight muscle contraction makes vaginal intercourse or a gynaecological examination painful or even impossible.

Vulva
The entirety of the external primary sexual organs. The vulva consists of the mons pubis, the labia, the opening of the urethra, the vaginal vestibule and the clitoris. A large part of the vulva is covered by hair starting at the beginning of puberty. In everyday language, the vulva is often incorrectly called the vagina.

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In our Menstrual ABC you will find short and easy explanations of colloquial expressions and medical terms relating to menstruation, hormone-free contraception and the anatomy of the genitals. Here you will find menstrual knowledge from A for adenomyosis to Z for zero waste menstruation.
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