Sep 02, 2014 6:01PM

Do You Know Where Your Vagina Is Right Now?

50% of young women do not.

Do you know where your vagina is right now? How about now? And now? Many of you will say ‘yes’, as in ‘yes I bloody well do definitely know exactly where my vagina is thank you very much’. How can one be sure? How can one be sure of anything? 

In this crazy, kaleidoscopic world, there are many uncertainties. The number of vodkas I drank on Saturday night remains an uncertainty. Where I left my bag that night remains an uncertainty. The name of the dude I made out with remains an uncertainty. So much uncertainty! Too much uncertainty. Where is science when you need it? What help is science really? Has it told me anything I don’t know recently? The answer is: yes. Science told me something — this morning in fact. It flew down onto my shoulder and whispered a sweet something into my ear. It told me (via the Independent) that half of young women are unable to locate their vagina. 

Let’s get srs for a second. It’s Gynaecological cancer awareness month and research by women’s cancer charity The Eve Appeal shows that half of young women cannot locate their vaginas on a diagram, and 65% of young women don’t like to say the words ‘vagina’ and ‘vulva’ (which are actually two of my three favourite ‘v’ words, the third being ‘vodka’). 1,000 women (aged 26-35) were asked to label the vagina on a diagram; only 50% could. This is not good. Without being aware of our bodies, how are we expected to pick up on potential warning signs for diseases like cancer? If we’re ashamed of our bodies, how are we expected to go and speak to someone about anything out of the ordinary that we notice? 

According to The Eve Appeal, “We know our own bodies and if something is happing that isn’t normal for a person, then they just need to get it checked out; it doesn’t mean it’s going to be anything bad, but it just needs checking … At the Eve Appeal we know how important it is to promote straight talking about the signs and symptoms of gynaecological cancers to women of all ages, and this survey has highlighted just how far we still have to go to make this happen. These cancers have some of the worst outcomes for women, with a 40% mortality rate. Understanding the symptoms will save lives, which is why we are urging women this Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month to talk more openly about these life-saving issues.” 

So, don’t be embarrassed, everyone! Get to know your body and don’t be afraid to talk about it.