What’s all in a coochie anyway?
What’s all under the hood, if you will?
Many people simply have not taken a look…a good look at a coochie. Even if you’ve seen a coochie, or even if you have one of your own, have you really …really… LOOKED at her? Did you really SEE her?
Are you a coochie owner? Have you taken a good look at your own coochie? I find it very interesting, given the inverse relationship of how many penis owners look at and play with their penises. Go ahead…take your own poll.
For the purposes of this article, “coochie” is a catch all term for everything that makes up the female reproductive system, but there’s a lot of parts to the female reproductive system! So to know which part in particular, you kinda gotta have an understanding of what’s all up under the hood.
What’s the difference between a coochie owner and a non-coochie owner?
There are MANY differences between coochie and non-coochie owners.
Embryologically speaking, if you were to look at a human embryo at two months, it would be impossible to determine the sex of the developing organism.
During the first 8wks of gestation (that’s pregnancy, or human development), all embryos appear to be female. Around 7 wks, if an embryo has two X (female) chromosomes, it will continue to develop as a female. If it has one X and one Y, it will begin to produce testosterone which stimulates the growth of rudimentary male sexual features
(so much for eve-out-of-adam myth…more like adam-out-of-eve!)
Physically/Anatomically speaking, the uterus (or womb) is central to the difference between the coochie owners and non coochie owners. However, we typically cannot see the uterus on a person without some surgical assistance.
Let’s address the most obvious differences first – those of genitalia. I’ll take a moment to describe the external coochie genitalia…then we’ll get into the internal genital organs.
Eww…not like that. Get your mind outta da guttah and back into this classroom!
Remember, “coochie” could be referring to any combination of the parts we’re going to discuss….so important to know all of these in case you find yourself in a situation where you need to be specific about what you’re talking about.
This is a major part of breaking the coochie silence!
Why is it that many coochie owners have not seen their own coochies? Even some straight up, card carrying, hard core, OG ass, penis-rejecting lesbians haven’t seen (or know) their own coochies.
Even the medical word for the external genitals of a coochie is loaded. It’s called the “pudendum,” which derives from the Latin word pudere which means “to be ashamed of”
Coochie’s are NOT to be ashamed of or disgusted by, y’hear? Alla that comes from a place, and if you go back to episode 1 & 2 of coochie business, you’ll get a little more hip to the political, religious, psychological and patriarchal underpinnings of where some of this comes from.
And to that I say, join the coochie liberation and lets get free of that bullshit.
Join me as we dive deep into the Coochie Anatomy….
First a table to get you oriented:
External Coochie Components
Internal Coochie Components
Vulva, Labia majora, Labia minora, Fourchette, Clitoris, Frenulum, Vestibule, External Urethral Orifice, Vaginal Orifice, Hymen, Erectile Tissue, Bartholin’s Glands, Perineum
Clitoris, Vagina, Uterus, Cervix, Oviducts, Ovaries,
EXTERNAL COMPONENTS OF A COOCHIE:
• Anatomical name for the entire outside part
• made up of several structures that surround the entrance to the vagina (each has it’s own unique function)
Labia majora (major lips, large lips, outside lips)
• appearance: two folds of skin. on the outside part.
• contains sweat gland, hair follicles embedded in fat
• embryologically equivalent to the scrotal sac
• size and shape varies considerably, between individuals…and within one individual’s lifetime
• less fat in infancy and older age, so smaller
• filled with fat during the reproductive years (puberty – menopause)
• changes within the month
• changes during arousal
• when you take a full frontal view (look between the legs), they join together ina the pad of fat that surrounds the pelvic bone (fun fact: ancient anatomists called it the mount of Venus – mons veneris)
• hair: together, labia major and the mount of venus are covered in hair (again, amount varies between and within coochies)
• inner surfaces of the labia major don’t have any hair and separated by a small groove from the labia minora
• fun fact: abdominal side of pubic hair varies in coochie owners versus non coochie owner (straight line versus the inverted V that reaches the umbilicus
• fun fact: once believed that large labia majora d/t masturbation. generally known now to be nonsense
Labia minora (minor lips, small lips, inner lips)
• appearance: two folds of skin on the inner-outside part. delicate folds. contain little fatty tissue.
• function: guards the entrance to the vagina
• in front, labia minora splits into folds, one that passes over/under the clitoris
• at the back, they join to form the fourchette (sometimes tears, along with perineum during childbirth)
• size and shape varies between and within coochies
• the place where the two labia minoras join at the back
• this is the exact equivalent to the penis
• there are external and internal components to the clitoris. and i’ve just decided…in this very moment…to dedicate an entire lesson to the clitoris alone!
• the fold of the labia minora that passes over it is equivalent to the foreskin (or prepuce) of the penis
• ‘hood’ and ‘glans’ (no D) of the clitoris.
• that fold of the labia minora we talked about earlier makes up the ‘hood’ and it covers and protects the sensitive end (or glans) of the clitoris
• fun fact: some sexologists believe an ‘adherent’ hood reduces a coochie’s ability to achieve full pleasure…created types of operations to ‘free’ the clitoris…a sort of circumcision of the clitoris. mostly a psychological thing, and generally to be avoided.
• fold of skin that passes under the clitoris is equivalent to the small band of tissue that joins the glans of the penis to the skin that covers it…called the frenulum
• clitoris is more than the tip and made up of tissue that filled with blood during sexual excitement/arousal (i.e. horniness)
• end is often very sensitive to touch
• shaft of clitoris also produces sexual arousal if stimulated (like the shaft of a penis versus the tip both produce excitement)
• once again, size varies between and within coochies
• fold of skin that passes under the clitoris
Vestibule (or entrance)
• cleft area. an area. a section. an entrance to the entrances. (or exits..ha)
• from top to bottom, it spans from below the clitoris to the forchette (remember, that’s the part that is the end of the labia minora)
• from side to side, it lies between the two labia minora (minorae? minoras?)
• within the vestibule you will find the urethra (opening), vagina (opening), hymen (if present)
External Urethral Orifice (opening, not urethra)
• located just below the clitoris
• orifice just means opening
• it’s the external opening for that part of the urinary tract (urethra) that connects the. bladder to the outside world
• opening to the vagina (more on the vagina when we get to the internal organs)
• below the external urethral orifice (ha. say that three times fast) is the hymen, which surrounds the vaginal orifice
• a thin, incomplete fold of membrane
• can have one or more apertures (little openings) within the membrane
• varies considerably in shape and elasticity
• generally stretched or torn during first attempt at sexual (or non-sexual) penetration
• fun fact:
• an intact hymen is not a reliable sign of virginity
• sometimes intercourse fails to cause a tear (remember the variable elasticity? also there is variability in the size and shape of the penis that is also a contributing factor)
• other times the hymen may have been torn previously by exploring fingers or objects (coochie owner’s or not, sexual or not)
• fun fact:
• there’s an anatomical name for the tags that (may) remain from the hymen
• carunculae myrtiformes
• not really a part with a name, but some important function, so they get a shout out
• just outside the hymen, still within the vestibule, but deep beneath the skin, two collections of erectile tissue that fill with blood during sexual arousal
• you know, the sexual arousal of a coochie is very important. so again, shout out to the bunches of erectile tissues all up in the vestibules
• deep in the backwards parts of the vestibule you’ll find two pea sized glands (with a D) that also secrete a fluid during sexual arousal and help to moisten the entrance to the vagina. This is helpful when the objective is to have body parts or objects enter with more readily and with less discomfort into the vagina…mmm hmmm
• they can occasionally become infected. these glands are usually checked during an annual gynecological exam (which is separate from Pap screens)
• side bar:
• who the fuck are these people, tho? Bartholin and Papanicolaou and these other mofos. and why they keep puttin their names on our coochie parts!?!
• anyway, i digress…*eyeroll*
• pyramid shaped area of the vulva between the posterior fourchette and the anus, and all the muscles that lie under the skin
• forms a wedge of tissue separating the vagina from the rectum
• this plays a considerable role during childbirth
INTERNAL COMPONENTS OF A COOCHIE:
• here she goes again! there are visible and hidden parts to the clitoirs
• remember i promised a lesson dedicated solely to the clitoris, so consider this to be the brief introductory version
• if you were to remove the top layer os skin and visible structures of the clitoris, you would reveal numerous hidden structures that Mary Jane Sherfey refers to as the “powerhouse of orgasm”
• these structures include erectile tissue, glands, muscles, BVs, and nerves
• within this network of structures is where you find the G-spot,
• cliroris rarely shown, labeled, explained in anatomy or physiology texts
• so we gon’ get ALL the way into it
Vagina (a remarkable organ)
• muscular tube that stretches upwards and backwards from the vestibule to the uterus
• also has a very well-developed network of veins that become distended during sexual arousal
• located between the bladder (front) and rectum (back)
• at the sides, it’s surrounded by the STRONG muscles of the pelvic floor
• normally, the walls of the vagina lie close together
• this means it is a potential cavity, which is distended (opened) by intravaginal objects or body parts (i.e. tampon, finger, ultrasound wand, penis, the head and body of a human child, and so on and so forth)
• just like many of the external components of the coochie, the vagina varies in size and shape (say it with me…between and within coochies)
• at the upper end, the cervix (which is part of the neck of the uterus) protrudes into the vagina
• a remarkable organ
• capable of great distension
• self-cleaning organ
• the cells that form the walls of the vagina are 30 cells deep, lying on each other like bricks of a wall
• during the reproductive years, the top layer sheds into the vagina, normal bacteria that live in the vagina act on it to produce lactic acid, which then kills any contaminating germs that happen to get into the vagina
• **fun fact: because of this self-cleaning mechanism, vaginal douches are wholly unnecessary and actually may be detrimental to the vagina (her natural bacteria…flora)
• less to no lactic acid production outside of the reproductive years (i.e. pre-puberty and post-menopause) and when certain conditions cause less lactic acid production
Uterus (an even more remarkable organ)
• first, not all uteri (uteruses? uterae? no…not that) get pregnant or carry babies
• BUT if it does….because of the complex muscle structure and remarkable response to the female sex hormones
• it can go from an average size of something 9cm long, 5 cm wide and weighing about 60 grams (that’s 3.5 in x 2.5 in and 2oz) to an average pregnant state of weighing 1000g (2.25 lbs) and able to contain a human child measuring 40 cm (17in)
• it’s a hollow muscular organ located in the middle of the pelvic bone, between the bladder (front) and bowel/rectum behihd
• it’s lined with special tissue made up of glands in a network of cells (called the endometrium)
• endometrium undergoes changes during each menstrual cycle
• uterus is divided into an upper part (body) and a lower part (cervix uteri, which means neck of the womb)
• the inner hollow cavity of the uterus is narrow in the cervix (called the cervical canal), widest in the body of the uterus, and then narrows again towards the cornu (or horn) where the cavity continues into the fallopian tubes (one on each side)
• remember the uterus has two parts (upper/lower….body and neck)
• cervix is the lower part (cervix uteri, which means neck of the womb)
• the cervix projects into the upper part of the vagina and is a particular place where cancer can sometimes develop
• cervical cancer and the reason behind the Pap smear screening exam (more on this in another episode)
• the upper and lower parts of the cervix are supported by a sling of special tissues that stretch to the muscles of the pelvic wall in a fan-like manner
• these supports may be stretched (i.e. childbirth) and can lead to ‘prolapse’ later in life
• “prolapse” is the falling down or slipping out of place of an organ or part of the body
• fun fact: normally, the uterus lies bent forward at an angle of 90o to the vagina, and resting on the bladder….as the bladder fills, it rotates backwards; as the bladder empties, it falls back forward
• in a certain percentage of women the uterus lies bent backwards (a retroverted uterus)
• in the past, a retroverted uterus was considered to be a serious condition, the cause of backaches, sterility and other complaints. there were many operations for its cure
• today, it is generally well known that unless the retroversion is due to an infection or a condition called endometriosis, t is unimportant and is not the cause of the symptoms that were attributed to it. surgery is NOT needed and the coochie owner can be reassured that the position of the uterus is normal for them
Oviducts (Fallopian tubes)
• two small hollow tubes. one on each side of the body of the uterus
• each stretches for about 10cm (4 in) from the upper part of the uterus to lie in close contact with the ovary on each side
• the outer end of each oviduct is divided into finger-like processes, and it is thought to sweep up the egg when it is released from the ovary
• the oviduct is lined with cells shaped like goblets that lie between the cells of the oviduct, having frond-like borders
• had to look up ‘frond’: it’s a large leaf (especially of a palm or fern) usually with many divisions
• is important because it is within the oviduct that fertilization of the egg takes place
• it’s likely that the secretions from these goblet shaped cells is what helps to nourish the fertilized egg as it is moved by the cells and their long fronds towards the uterus.
• small almond-shaped like organs on either side of the uterus
• equivalent to the testes, balls.
• squishier than balls, small, float in the lower abdominal cavity, attached by ligaments to the side of the uterus and pelvic wall
• in infancy, they are small delicate and thin structures…after puberty enlarge to reach adult proportions (~3.5cm x 2 cm) (about 1.5 x .75 in)
• after menopause, the ovaries become small and wrinkled….and in old age they are less than half their adult size.
• each ovary made up of connective tissue (stroma) and vessels
• small center made up of small cells and a mesh of vessels
• surrounding this is the cortex (the ovary proper) which contains about 200,000 eggs lying in a cellular bed (the stroma)
• dotted throughout the stroma are tiny fluid filled sacs called follicles
• each follicle is made of hormone producing cells that cradle a single egg
• outside again, protecting the egg cells and the ovarian stroma, is a thickened layer of tissue
• ovaries have no surface barrier and are therefore unprotected from their environment (just as the environment is unprotected from them)
• contain the egg cells on which all human life depends (UPON BIRTH!!!!)
• coochie owners are born with all the follicles they will ever have
• remains dormant until early puberty. at which point they begin producing hormones. monthly release (explosion/expulsion) of one lucky proactive follicle into the peritoneal (abdominal) cavity, releasing an egg
• a hormone factory, producing sex hormones that are very important to the female endocrine (hormone) system overall
• the ovaries are arguably one of the most precious organs of the reproductive tract because it contributes to the entire female shape, mood, libido, and health.
• not to mention eggs are the only way for a coochie owner to pass on their own genetic heritage
In summary, essentially, there is a coochie passageway that starts from outside, within the vestibule of the vulva, through the vaginal orifice/opening, along the vagina, through the cervix, uterus, along the tubes, to the ovaries (eggs within the ovaries, to be specific). Know where you are when you’re dealing with the coochie!