Repost from @bibiandni
Body Sovereignty is the idea that each person has the right to full control of their body. And body literacy is one piece of creating body sovereignty. When we hold pain, the body is not “the problem”. The body holds wisdom. Remember that pain is the primary way that your body lets you know that something is wrong and needs your attention. In these moments, our bodies are giving us the gift of feedback. Body literacy gives us the power to name, understand, and communicate our pain - as well as our pleasures! And no one else can explain the experiences of your body better than you.
The vulva refers to the EXTERNAL genital organs, including the mons pubis, the labia, the clitoris, urethral and vaginal opening, and the perineum.
The vagina is INTERNAL — this is the muscular canal between the uterus and the external organs.
The cervix is the OPENING TO THE UTERUS. This is what dilates during birth. The cervix also releases cervical fluid during a menstrual cycle. It often gets ignored when some are healing from physical trauma or chronic tension.
The uterus is the inverted pear-shaped muscular organ in which a fetus can develop during pregnancy. Like a heartbeat, your uterus is always pulsing and has its own rhythm, which changes depending on the phase of your cycle. This is also where one can feel menstrual cramps. Dealing with chronic stress can manifest itself in the womb! The uterus can become hypertonic, or tense and contracted, and this can make bleeding painful.
art by @graydonsprague (shared via @ashebirthingservices)