We don’t talk about the vulva…the forbidden area. Today’s discussion might make some of the readers uncomfortable, embarrassed, or giggly. However, it is an important area that is too often ignored.
As far back as 3000 BC, statues show the male penis, but not the female labia. The same is true in ancient Greek and Roman times.
What is it? Where is it?
- The vulva is the outer part of the female genitalia
- Part of the female reproductive system
- It includes the labia majora, labia minora, and the clitoris.
Cancer of the Vulva
- Most of them are squamous cell carcinomas, which is more commonly seen in older women.
- Adenocarcinomas most often start in the cells of the Bartholin glands, which are at the opening of the vagina.
- Other cancer types found in the vulvar region are melanoma, sarcoma, and basal cell carcinoma.
The message is: do not ignore this important area of the body.
- Once a month, take a mirror and check the skin for any redness, swelling, or rashes.
- Avoid HPV infection
- Condom use reduces the risk of HPV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Get the HPV vaccine.
- Do not smoke.
- Get regular pelvic exams
The female body was designed as a source of pleasure, fertility, movement, strength, and well-being. (Christine Northrup)
On my walk yesterday morning, I watched the mother Wood duck lead her newborn chicks across the water. The beautiful male was nearby. Watching them inspired me to jot down a few interesting bits of information.
IN THE HUMAN, DID YOU KNOW?
- There are about 100-200 million sperm in each ejaculation
- At birth, there are about 1-2 million eggs.
- At puberty, there are about 300,000 eggs
- Fertilization normally occurs in the fallopian tubes
- Eggs travel from the ovary through the fallopian tubes to the uterus.
- Fallopian tubes are about 12 cm long and as wide as a threading needle.
- The male sperm is the smallest human cell; the female egg is the largest human cell.
INSECTS: Most reproduce by laying eggs. The eggs are produced by the female in a pair of ovaries. Sperm, produced by the male in one testis or more is transmitted to the female during mating by means of external genitalia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_reproductive_system
Carl Linnaeus in 1771 used the scientific symbols of Mars and Venue to denote the male and female reproductive systems.
- In January 1968, Hervy E. Averette, MD, and John J. Mikuta, MD, identified a need for the creation of a medical society focused solely on gynecologic oncology.
- As of 2019, there were 1,157 gyn. oncologists in the U.S.
- There are 113,000 new cases in 2021.
- Rural areas have limited access to these specialists.
- Education: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency, and then 3 years of gynecology oncology.
The daffodil symbolizes a new birth. Always have a bouquet of yellow daffodils…one flower means misfortune. Yellow symbolizes joy.
Information gives us power, appreciation, and understanding. The human body’s beauty, capabilities, complexity, and simplicity are fascinating. Each of us has a responsibility to take care of, nurture, and cherish our bodies. As Maya Angelou stated:
On my walk this morning, I thought about the two words: gynecologic and reproductive. The first one is a “mouthful” and is not well understood by many women. Reproductive is the potential for the creation of new life.
Gynecology refers to the branch of physiology and medicine that deals with the functions and diseases specific to women and girls, especially those affecting the reproductive system. EVERYTHING BELOW THE WAIST AND ABOVE THE THIGHS!
Did you know that the egg and sperm meet in one of the fallopian tubes? That is where feertilization occurs…the beginning of life.
The pelvic cavity contains all the reproductive organs mentioned above in addition to the bladder, ureters, sigmoid colon, rectum, and anus plus major arteries, vessels, nerves, and veins.
We must educate our daughters and granddaughters about the invaluable, beautiful, and sacred part of the body below the belt.
The female body was designed as a source of pleasure, fertility, movement, strength, and well-being.” (Christine Northrup)
Teal Takeover is an opportunity for each of you to learn about with this sacred area of the body. Tell Every Amazing Lady. Help spread the knowledge: https://www.classy.org/team/446017