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Vulval problems

Vulva Your outer reproductive organs, or genitals, are called your vulva.

Next to your vagina are your labia minora, or inner labia or lips. They are there to protect your vagina and to provide lubrication during sex.

Your labia majora, or outer labia, sit outside these, and protect your clitoris and inner vulva.

Your clitoris is above your vagina. This is the most sensitive part of your vulva, and it helps to provide sexual arousal.

Between your clitoris and your vagina is your urethra, a thin tube from your bladder, which you urinate (pee) from.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by clinical director, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Canterbury DHB. Page created November 2016.

In this section

Bacterial vaginosis (BV, gardnerella)

Bartholin's cysts & vulval lumps

Thrush (candida)

Vulval irritation & pain

Page reference: 279439

Review key: HIVIP-32204