What is going on ladies?? Too many of us are downright negative about our gorgeous boobs, breasts, pussies, vaginas, vulvae, yonis, whatever words you want to call ’em! And this is an unacceptably terrible reflection of a society that denies and diminishes female sexuality. In our culture, female genitalia is concealed, and unfortunately there’s often a lot of shame attached to it. It’s almost as if someone might strike you down if you say the word vagina aloud. Good news is that you are a grown woman, and learning about your body will help you get things straight, so you can talk about your body in a comfortable and honest way.
Since I started working with women, teaching the importance of getting out of their heads, and grounding themselves in their creative core (pelvic bowl). I realised that very few women actually know their body, down to basic anatomy. Like being unaware that we have three orifices, or holes, in the perineal region…yep, three! No wonder women feel so disconnected from themselves and their femininity. How can we get in tune with ourselves, if we don’t even understand or know what’s in our bodies, or how they work??!! So this is where we’re going to start. In the following blog pieces, we will get back to basics and break things down.
Take a little moment to observe the diagram, and don’t be shy to have a feel at your own. It’s your boob!
Throughout history, breasts have been a fascinating, multi-functional bundles of delight for both men and women. They come in all shapes and sizes. Big or small, they all have the power of stimulating arousal, producing milk, or bringing pleasure.
They are composed of a series of glandular tubules, surrounded by a thick layer of fatty tissue. The skin of the breasts and décolleté, is thin and delicate – so be gentle with it, and be sure to keep it nourished. In the middle of each breast, there is a darker, circular area called the areola, which raises into a nipple. Though the size of the areola varies per woman, they’re all made up of a special erectile tissue, which is why they perk up when you’re aroused. Right behind the areola, you’ll find small tubules, which swell up during pregnancy producing milk, which flows into tinier tubes that open up into even tinier openings on the nipple.
The mammary glands are designed to nurture an infant, and regulate their bodily systems. They work rhythmically between mother and child; create skin to skin contact necessary for bonding; and ideal nutrition. A baby fed with breast milk alone can never be overweight.
Our menstrual cycle affects our breasts, due to the fluctuation of hormones affecting the glands. This means they can undergo quite dramatic changes in size, shape, texture, and sensitivity throughout your cycle.
Women should perform a breast examination at some point between the 7th and 9th day of their cycle. Be sure that your period is over, and don’t forget to do it arms raised, checking under the armpits, spiraling in slowly from the outside with the tips of your fingers, towards the nipples.
Tip: Going bra-less as often as possible gives your skin the possibility of strengthening itself, due to the bounce! I don’t mean jogging around, but freeing your boobs when you get home after work, or whenever you possibly can manage it, is healthier. Plus, who doesn’t love that moment when you take off your bra… yum!
© Juel McNeilly
Featured Blog photograph: Vixen Effect
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