Sexual Dictionary - letter V

Vaccination
injection with a vaccine.
Vaccine
a biological product that contains killed or weakened pathogens, such as a bacterium or virus, which when introduced in the body induce the production of antibodies and thus boost the body's immunity against that pathogen without causing actual disease.
Vagina
part of the female genitals, the muscular canal behind the bladder and in front of the rectum, extending from the cervix to the exterior of the body. The vagina receives the penis during sexual intercourse and allows fluid passes out of the body during . The vagina is elastic enough to allow the passage of a fetus on birth.
Also called the birth canal.
Vaginal
of or relating to the vagina.
Vaginal atrophy
a condition which causes the lining of the vagina to become dry and lose its elasticity. This can lead to dyspareunia, vaginitis, cystitis, and urinary tract infections. Vaginal atrophy it is often a symptom of menopause.
Vaginal discharge
any secretion which comes from the vagina, apart from menses. The discharge may be :
  • normal - clear, cloudy white, and/or yellowish when dry on clothing and represents mucus from the cervix and clear fluid secreted by the vaginal walls and Bartholin's glands during sexual excitement
  • abnormal - white, clumpy discharge (somewhat like cottage cheese), grey/white or yellow/green discharge with a foul odor causing itching, irritation, soreness or burning of the vagina and vulva and represents a vaginal infection (candidiasis, bacterial vaginosis or trichomoniasis) or a cervical infection (gonorrhea or chlamydia)
Vaginal fluids
any fluid which comes from the vagina including secretions, discharges or menstrual blood.
Vaginal sex
human sexual behavior involving the vagina, the insertion of the penis or a sex toy into the vagina. Unprotected vaginal sex may lead to infections or unwanted pregnancy.
Also called vaginal intercourse or coitus.
Vaginismus
an involuntary strong tightening of the muscles in the pelvic area and around the opening of the vagina, making penetration during sexual intercourse either very painful or nearly impossible. It is most commonly caused by psychological problems but it may sometimes be due to vaginal inflammation. If appearing after inserting the penis may lead to "penis captivus" - a condition in which it is impossible for the penis to withdraw from the vagina regardless of erection status.
Vaginitis
inflammation, redness, or swelling of the vaginal tissues. May be caused by microorganisms, chemical irritation from spermicides, fungus infection, irritation from foreign bodies, vitamin deficiency, intestinal worms, or uncleanliness. Symptoms include vaginal pain, itching and a foul discharge.
Varicocele
a mass of enlarged veins in the scrotum that develops in the spermatic cord. A varicocele occurs when the valves within the veins along the spermatic cord don't work properly. Blood does not flow normal resulting swollen vessels surrounding the testicles create a pool of stagnant blood, which elevates the scrotal temperature causing infertility.
Vas deferens
a coiled tube that carries the spermatozoa out of the testes and combine with seminal fluid ready for ejaculation.
Vasectomy
a surgical procedure for male sterilization in which the vas deferens is cut or tied preventing sperm from being ejaculated. It is a permanent form of birth control.
Venereal disease
general term for any disease that is usually transmitted between partners through some form of sexual activity or through genital contact.
See sexually transmitted diseases.
Viagra
medication designed to improve erectile dysfunction in men by increasing blood flow to the pelvic region.
Vibrator
device used for sexual pleasure that is powered by batteries or is plugged into an electrical outlet. It is made of plastic, metal or rubber to be inserted into the vagina.
Viral
caused by a virus.
Virgin
a person who has never engaged in sexual intercourse.
Virus
infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts and causes disease. Viruses enter living cells (plant or animal) and make use of the host cell's chemical energy and its protein in order to replicate themselves and spread, in the end killing the cell. Viruses are not affected by antibiotics but the antiviral drugs.
Vitamin
an organic substance present in small quantities in natural foodstuffs, that are essential for metabolic functioning of the body, good health, and disease prevention.
Voyeurism
a practice in which person derives sexual gratification from seeing the naked bodies or sexual acts of others.
See also sexual behavior.
Vulva
the external female genitalia, including the labia majora and minora, clitoris, the openings of the urethra, vagina and Bartholin's glands.