Anatomy: the very basic basics

Now you might be thinking ‘OK thanks I’m a grown-up I know what goes on down there.’ But research is developing every day, you might actually be surprised at what you find.  A survey of 2,010 British adults conducted by YouGov showed them an image of female genitalia and asked them to identify the various parts and functions. The study found that nearly half of women (45%) were unsure about the location of the vagina.

Whatever our sex, we all have the same parts that do the same jobs; they're just laid out a little differently. The more you find out, the more you'll see what everybody has in common, as well as the amazing variety in shape, size and colour.

OK I'm intrigued, what's in it for me?

Some of us might know our partner's genitals better than our own. We're able to get a close-up look at their parts, whereas, with ourselves, it's harder without getting tied up in knots. (Something I'm sure many of us wish we could do if we did a little more yoga). If we know ourselves we can communicate better with our partner on where we want them to touch, and where we don’t. And the same for them, you know their bits, you both know what you're talking about. Finally, it's just nice to know that we may have spent a lifetime thinking something is weird, when it's actually totally normal. So let’s learn about the body.

Doctor, Doctor

Another reason why it’s good to know ourselves, and it’s also good to know everybody else. Knowing the human body and all its variations allows us to know when we’re healthy, and when we might not be. When we can recognise our 'normal', it makes it easier to spot any differences we may be concerned about, that we might want to share with our doctor. Knowing your body also equips you to be able to communicate with doctors better.

So, are you ready for a little lesson on anatomy?