There has already been much written about the vulva and there is no need to re-write history. Instead, we give brief details for the new reader and include some links to sites and books that present either accurate medical information, or unusual slants on vulva art and the 21st Century woman’s view of the vulva.
So many women are now socially educated to think that only thrush causes itching. There are many itchy conditions that affect the vulva. There are also some more uncommon conditions, like cancer, that may give other symptoms. Vulval self-examination is a good thing for a woman to do and it can be performed once a month at the same time as the breasts are examined. VHAC produces a self-examination leaflet. http://www.vhac.org and UK TV Channel 4 – Embarrassing Bodies show produced a good video showing how to perform vulva self examination
During the 20th Century and into the 21st women are becoming aware of their genitals. The internet is now a well used resource for all kinds of artwork. You can follow the links below for a fascinating and educational tour of vulva art.