So, what is the vulva?

Originally Published: June 7, 2002 - Last Updated / Reviewed On: August 4, 2011
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Dear Alice,

What is the vulva?

-knowledge-searching person

Dear knowledge-searching person,

The vulva is a woman's external genitals, and most of its parts, all of which are enclosed by the soft, inverted triangle shaped area where most of the protective pubic hair grows. The vulva includes the mons veneris ("mountains of venus" — the fatty pad at the top of the vulva), the clitoris, the inner and outer lips (labia), and the vaginal opening (not the vaginal canal) and its surrounding area, called the vestibule.

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