In mammals , the vagina is the elastic, muscular part of the female genital tract. In humans, it extends from the vulva to the cervix. The outer vaginal opening is normally partly covered by a membrane called the hymen. At the deep end, the cervix neck of the uterus bulges into the vagina. The vagina allows for sexual intercourse and birth. It also channels menstrual flow menses , which occurs in humans and closely related primates as part of the monthly menstrual cycle. Although research on the vagina is especially lacking for different animals, its location, structure and size are documented as varying among species.
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Vaginal discharge is fluid that comes from the vagina. You might see this on the toilet paper when you wipe, or in your underwear. Normal vaginal discharge has several purposes: cleaning and moistening the vagina, and helping to prevent and fight infections. It's normal for the color, texture, and amount of vaginal discharge to change at different times of the month during a girl's menstrual cycle.
Toddler sexual behaviour: what’s typical?
Sexual behaviour in your toddler might be a bit confronting, especially the first time you see it. It also lays the groundwork for future talks about sexual development, respectful relationships and sexuality. The behaviour described above is typical for toddlers. Your child might behave in these ways because:. Read more about problematic sexual behaviour. How you react is important, but your response depends on your values. You can use sexual behaviour as an opportunity to help your toddler learn. Talk with your toddler and answer his questions openly and honestly, but also at a level he can understand. For example, you could talk about public and private body parts, how girls and boys are different, or ways of talking about bodies.
The vagina is a stretchable muscular cavity lined with mucous membranes in the female reproductive system that extends from the uterus womb to the vaginal opening. The cervix of the uterus forms the interior end of the vagina, while the vulva —or the external parts of the female genitalia—and labia singular: labium form the exterior end. The vaginal opening may be slightly covered or surrounded by the hymen. The vagina has several functions. Once a female begins her menstrual cycle , menstrual blood will flow out of the uterus and exit the body through the vagina. During sexual intercourse , the penis penetrates the vagina, and in the course of childbirth , the vagina also serves as a birth canal for the baby.