In just over a week, I’m sitting a professional exam. I’ve been spending most of my doodling time on that, so here’s a scribble from the margins:
Uterine fibroids are growths in the tissue of the uterus (womb). They can be quite common, particularly with increasing age, and can cause pain and per vagina bleeding. Fibroids: probably not your friend.
Resister of of society’s preconceptions of femininity?
Or just a human without a razor?’
Recently a group of the Midwives were scandalised by a woman who arrived on to labour ward with proudly hair legs. I laughed and smiled when they told me how ‘unkempt’ she was – unknown to them, I too had a pretty good going leg thatch, hidden beneath my theatre scrubs. This tends to change as the weather heats up and I start to don Summer dresses and skirts. It’s not necessarily that I like smoother legs, I just have a feeling it would be unseemly to show off the lovely down that keeps me warm over winter.
I’ve stumbled across a few examples of misunderstandings about (cis/typical) female genital anatomy that have really surprised me recently. A common one seems to be that the vagina (entrance to the uterus) is the same ‘hole’ as the urethra (where wee comes from). In humans at least, it isn’t. This comes up on the labour ward a fair bit- perplexed partners asking how baby can ‘get out’ if a catheter is put in. An episode of The Guilty Feminist included a confession by one of the presenters that she didn’t know where her urethra was, “even though I’ve pushed a baby out of it.” I am very sure she hasn’t.
Above is a diagram. Imagine you are standing next to someone laid on their back, legs akimbo. There are three ‘holes’, all shown in red. The top one is the urethra- connected to the bladder. Wee comes out here. The middle one is the vagina. The lowest is the anus. It is my dream that one day everyone will be able to sketch it as easily as the hairy penis with balls. You know the one I mean. You’ve probably seen it scrawled on a bus seat, toilet door or similar.