The vulva, quite often erroneously referred to as “vagina” or many other names, is the external part of the female genitalia. This complex organ is comprised of the mons pubis, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, vestibule of the vagina, bulb of the vestibule and the Bartholin glands. The vulva is made up of mucous membranes, several glands, and highly innervated and sensitive skin and hair follicles. This makes it one of the most anatomically and physiologically intricate body parts.
Vulvar health is dependent on many aspects of a woman's health, including:
All of these can have a negative impact on the vulva. Vulvar disorders are usually reported to or noted by providers from various disciplines (e.g., dermatologists, gynecologists, urologists, primary care physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants). Unfortunately, many providers overlook the vulva, which often is seen as a conduit to the cervix, where the routine pap smear is performed upon.
As a society, we still seem uncomfortable using the term vulva when referring to the female anatomy. In fact, most women are embarrassed to report their own vulvar problems and instead go to the pharmacy to find self-treatments that often cause more harm than good.
About Our Guest:
Deeannah Seymour founded pH-D Feminine Health to provide trustworthy health and wellness products to women who struggle with feminine health issues. Unsatisfied with expensive, inconvenient, and ineffective solutions for vaginal wellness - and armed with a biology background and 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry - she sought holistic ingredients backed by research.
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