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Looking at Own Genitals (Vulva & Vagina)

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It took a curious man, Craig’s List, and candid women to create Women See Their Vaginas for the First time — what a wonderful experiment!

Of note: the vagina proper can only be seen through an open speculum, which posed a limitation to the gentleman’s exercise. Nevertheless, a much needed exposure of a topic that is not typically discussed.

With the vagina being invisible thus often a source of unnecessary worries or anxiety, we have made showing it a mandatory component of our patient care for many years now.  Women who are not our patients are encouraged to ask their clinician to show it to them as mentioned in an older post, Love Gyno Exam?

The following are typical patient comments we hear as they are looking at their vulva for the first time, and when shown their vagina through an open speculum:

  • I cannot do it…
  • I am very ugly down there…
  • I am going to throw up…
  • It does not look right…
  • I was told to never touch or look there…
  • Will it hurt?
  • Wow, is that it?
  • How cool!
  • There is nothing much to it — I can now stop worrying about it…
  • Where is my hymen?
  • I was never able to do that before!

Read more at Vagina – endless?

Also, do you know when were stirrups invented?

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