CONTRARY to popular belief, the most common vulva and vagina is not a neat Barbie-like package with everything tucked in.
Every woman looks different down below and that is completely normal.
Alamy Each vulva is unique and there are a number of different types[/caption]
1) What are the different types of vagina?
There are a range of shapes that waxing professional Mel, who is keeping her surname anonymous to protect her clients, witnessed.
Her categories don’t just focus on the vagina, but the outer region as a whole, which includes the labia majora (the outer lips) and the labia minora (the inner lips).
She has named the five Ms. Curtains, Ms. Barbie, Ms. Tulip, Ms. Horseshoe and Ms. Puffs.
Kylah Benes-Trapp This is the most common shape, where the labia minora peek out from in between the labia majora[/caption]
The most common shape she saw is the Ms. Curtains shape, which is when the labia minora peek out from in between the labia majora.
While many people think that everything tucked in is common, this frequently-seen package may not be entirely symmetrical.
Mel said: “Your vagina is perfect. It’s just like a curtain. You wouldn’t hate your house if it had ugly curtains.”
Kylah Benes-Trapp Many people think the labia minora (the inner lips) being fully tucked inside the labia majora (the outer lips) is the most common shape on a woman, but it’s actually very rare[/caption]
In contrast, the rarest shape was a type she has named Ms. Barbie, where the labia minora are completely concealed from view inside the labia majora.
Despite it being the type she saw least frequently during her career, Mel said that many people think that this is what a classic, normal vagina looks like.
Many celebrities have spoken out about getting designer vaginas, which have everything tucked in.
Kylah Benes-Trapp Women who have the Ms. Tulip have a labia minora which is slightly visible between the labia majora[/caption]
Another common shape she witnessed was Ms. Tulip, which was named as the labia minora resemble a tulip about to bloom.
Women with the Ms. Tulip shape have a labia minora which is slightly visible between the labia majora.
It is a more tucked-in version of Ms. Curtains.
Kylah Benes-Trapp Those with Ms. Horseshoe have a vagina opening that looks wider at the top, revealing the labia minora[/caption]
Meanwhile, clients with the Ms. Horseshoe have a vagina opening that looks wider at the top.
This means that the labia minora is slightly revealed and may be seen.
Ms. Horseshoe has a labia majora that closes at the bottom, resembling the shape of a horseshoe.
Kylah Benes-Trapp This shape is similar to the Ms. Barbie shape, but with the lips of the vagina sitting lower on the pubic bone[/caption]
Finally, Ms. Puffs is similar to Ms. Barbie but with the lips of the vagina sitting lower on the pubic bone.
As the name suggests, the surrounding area may be slightly more protruding.
The labia minora is tucked away in this style.
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As well as revealing the different shapes of women’s privates, Mel also shared that the way the lips hang is not affected by weight or the age.
Speaking to Elite Daily, she said: “This is just to help women understand this weird ‘secret’ [the appearance of our vaginas] we keep from our friends and society at large is not as scandalous or peculiar as we may have thought.
“Moral of the story is that every vagina is different, but it shares a sisterhood with all other vaginas, and nobody should feel strange or abnormal.”
2) Is my vagina normal?
Dr Shree Datta told Fabulous that each vulva and vagina is unique.
She said: “As a Gynaecologist, I see a range of different shapes and sizes of vulvas and vaginas, as well as skin type, texture, colour and smells.
“The inner and outer folds of your vulva and the clitoral hood can also vary in colour, symmetry and size, along with the amount of hair you have in your bikini area.
“There is massive amount of natural variation which is usually perfectly normal – as long as you have no problems changing tampons, your underwear or having sex.
“Events such as childbirth also have an effect on the shape and symmetry of our vulvas and vaginas, so it’s important to remember that there’s no “one size that fits all”.”
3) Can I change the shape of my vagina?
Dr Shree added: “Events such as childbirth can affect the shape and size of your vulva.
“In some cases, your vulva and vagina can also change with age or significant weight changes.
“There’s very little you can do to change the shape of your vulva/vagina, but if you are experiencing problems such as dryness, chafing, excess skin catching on underwear causing pain, you may be referred for labiaplasty surgery, but it’s important to remember that you may experience long term pain, scarring or asymmetry as a result, so it’s worth thinking about carefully with your Gynaecologist.”