Skip navigation! Story from Wellness. Itchy Vaginas Are No Joke. If you're suffering from an itchy vagina , you might have hoped that it was just your underwear bunching in strange ways. But after a few days of discomfort , when you realize it's something more permanent, it might be time to take action. Whether it's your actual vagina that's irritating you or the area around your vagina and vulva , something amiss down there is not something you want to ignore.
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.
Vaginas — or more accurately, vulvas, and all their components — come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. And unless your normal involves pain or discomfort , everything is likely fine. Still unsure? Take a look at these pictures of real vulvas to get a sense of how varied genitalia can really be, and read on to learn more.
Vagina , canal in female mammals that receives the male reproductive cells, or sperm , and is part of the birth canal during the birth process. In humans, it also functions as an excretory canal for the products of menstruation. In humans the vagina is about 9 cm 3. The upper region of the vagina connects to the cervix of the uterus.