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“The Vagina Dialogues” week 1 recap: Love yourself, love your vulva

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LUÜNA Naturals
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All about the vulva. That’s what week 1 of “The Vagina Dialogues” focused on. Here’s what you missed.

Love at first sight. Sure, we’ve all experienced this at one point or another. But to truly love someone, we’ve got to get to know them better.

The same goes for our bodies. Can we truly say we love ourselves if we don’t even know all the parts that make us who we are? Or if we don’t even know what some parts of our own bodies look like?

The first week of The Vagina Dialogues by LUÜNA naturals was all about getting to know and love an often forgotten, neglected, or even stigmatised part of our bodies — our vulva.

The vulva is not the vagina

But what’s a vulva? And how is it different from a vagina? That’s the question that LUÜNA naturals founder Olivia Cote-James posed to the three panellists in Vulva Love to get the discussion going.

Well, the vulva is the outer female genitalia while the vagina is the canal connecting the vulva to the cervix of the uterus. Yverest ambassador Valentina Tudose pointed out the importance of knowing and understanding this biologically accurate terminology, instead of shrouding the female anatomy behind euphemisms like “coochie”, “cookie” or “flower”.

“The vulva is a much richer concept — we have the clitoris, we have the labia, we have all these beautiful things… So to me the vulva is this beautiful umbrella term for what’s happening down there,” she said.

 

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Nicole Lim, who hosts the Something Private podcast, agreed. She said that learning the correct terms to describe the female anatomy empowered her to explore and get to know it better. She acknowledged how discussions about this topic is hindered by conservative mindsets, and that there needs to be a push towards more openness to improve sexual health education.

Vulva care brand TWO L(I)PS‘ Samantha Ong shared about the brands’ efforts to smash the taboo and shame engendered by conservative mindsets about the female anatomy. Since it launched in 2018, the brand has not shied away from addressing vulva care candidly, and Samantha has seen attitudes towards it change.

Nicole and Samantha discussed the topic of vulva care more deeply in a how-to video on LUÜNA naturals’ Instagram page. Like the rest of your body, the vulva is covered in skin. And like the skin on the rest of your body, the skin on your vulva can get dry, irritated, and sensitive.

How do you know what the skin on your vulva needs?

“There’s no one-size-fits-all for everyone. You kind of need to get to know your vulva a little bit better…spend some time to know your vulva, say “hello”, and then from there you kind of realize, maybe I have some sensitivity…” advised Samantha.

Another aspect of vulva love is learning to love your vulva the way it is. Petra Greening, creative director of sexual health and wellbeing collective Fk., discussed unhealthy perceptions of the vulva driven by the media, particularly pornography, in an opinion piece.

“…while it’s easy to focus on its appearance, we often forget what a work of art and powerful part of the human anatomy the vulva and vagina is. With 8,000 nerve endings in the clitoris alone (that’s double the amount of the penis), these beautiful organs allow women to bear children, give birth, bleed once a month, hold tampons and menstrual cups in place for hours and have orgasms lasting two minutes. So how about we show some respect for this hard-working organ…” she opined.

We also heard from Petra’s colleague Edwin Chan for a male perspective of the vulva, and Riya Chandiramani, who celebrates the power of women through art.

“The Vagina Dialogues” by LUÜNA naturals takes place throughout the month of August. Find out what’s next on the program

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