We are diving in deep this time to discuss the topic of Vaginal Self-examination. We merely touched the surface (all puns intended!) in highlighting THE IMPORTANCE OF VULVA SELF-EXAMINATION… and this time we are going a little further.
We discussed how liberating and empowering it is to know your anatomy and understand how it works, both for your health and sexuality. Knowing your body better is essential to telling if anything is wrong – but this does not mean you can ignore your routine OB/GYN check-ins (pelvic exams) – because we know that only a few vaginal diseases can be diagnosed visually.
Now although a vulva examination is visual, for your vaginal examination you would be exploring with your sense of touch. You will need: A quiet private and comfortable space, clean hands, maybe some lube, preferably be off your period, a towel, and perhaps a labeled diagram of your vaginal canal.
Relax and begin with a vulvar examination, and slowly insert your finger or two fingers into your vagina. You will notice a warm, moist sensation; some describe it to feel like the roof of your mouth, while some say it feels spongy. At this point you can also examine your vaginal mucus.
You should not feel any pain or discomfort, unusual odor, or discharge. If you do, it’s best to consult your doctor.
Road Map: A step by step guide
What is it?
A famed yet elusive little magic button which is said to be responsible for non-clitoral orgasms. Discovered by Ernst Grafenberg in the 1940’s (hence the “G”) – it goes to prove men can find it, contrary to popular belief! However there has been much debate if this is a myth or science, and whether this bundle of spongy pleasure generating nerves exists in a vagina.
Who has it?
We all know our lady-bits look different and are unique, so too is our internal vaginal anatomy. This stands to reason that the G-spot or highly sensitive nerve endings could exist in a different place or zone within the vagina, and also it could respond differently to different stimulation – some exploration is required – which could explain why it is hard to pinpoint and come by. Ideally the G-spot lives halfway between the vaginal opening and the cervix and is the size of a penny.
How to find it
The G-Spot is said to reside on the upper wall of the vaginal canal. This means you would be reaching for your belly button through your vagina. Stroke gently in a come-hither movement or gentle and slow windshield wiper motions, and the G-spot will respond by swelling slightly. This requires patience because some of us are aroused in 5 minutes while some of us may take longer. The area should feel different from its surroundings and may give you pleasure when being stroked. If you didn’t locate it, explore a little higher or lower in your vaginal canal.
If you find the right spot you may feel the sensation of wanting to pee, and once you get over this feeling it starts to feel pleasurable, which can trigger the flow of fluid from your Skene’s gland.
What is it
This is another erogenous zone or wonderland within the vaginal canal, a little less popular than the G-spot who resides down the road from it. This A-Zone could be a little difficult to reach, with your finger alone, you may want to grab a toy about 4 to 6 inches long for this one.
Who has it
Again, everyone has it, but it can vary vastly from one person to the next; however, in general it is situated on the front vaginal wall, closer in proximity to the opening of the cervix. You may be able to reach it if you do feel a pressure and sensitivity, past the G-spot area, or it may be just out of reach…or you don’t derive much pleasure from this zone.
How to find it
Unlike the G-spot, you will not feel a different texture, but may feel spongier than the rest of the vaginal canal. This will require a bit of exploration and patience, and you may need to call in reinforcements to help with the discovery.
An important aspect of your vaginal self-examination is locating and understanding your cervix opening and thereby determining your vaginal height.
When inserting your finger deeper into your vaginal canal, you should hit a portion that feels like the tip of your nose. It should feel like a round shaped raised circle with a dimple in the center and it’s likely closer to the front vaginal wall (belly button) than your back.
Your cervix is the lowest part of your uterus and is responsible for several important functions. Letting in sperm and letting out menstrual blood, maintains reproductive health by keeping out viruses and bacteria from your uterus. It also produces fluid for keeping the vagina lubricated, and during pregnancy it seals itself off with a mucus plug to protect the fetus. And, finally, it helps you enjoy sex, because of all the nerve pathways!
Your cervix moves around during your cycle, and typically during your period, it will sit low and feel harder. It can even angle itself during your period.
The cervix can impact your sexual experience, making certain positions more enjoyable than others at certain points, because of where it sits during a cycle. Note: you cannot penetrate the cervix. If you can feel your cervix when your finger is inserted less than halfway, then you have a low cervix. If you can feel your cervix only after your finger is inserted beyond mid knuckle or further, then it sits high.
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