Not everyone is born with the same set of gear, which can present a unique set of challenges for the owner of the ‘other’. Here we delve into some of the most common – and rare – congenital anatomical abnormalities and differences in sexual development found in babies, and discovered later in teenagers and adults.

We don’t talk much about those differences that do not, in some way, include a vagina or parts of a vagina or female phenotypes.

Generally differences in sexual development and anatomical abnormalities are treated purely in the medical system with surgeries, hormones and drugs, with psychological support a large part of successful outcomes. Natural medical treatments can play a supportive role.

There is a lot that can be done to maximise the results of the body you or someone you love ends up with.

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
Read more about Jessica and My Vagina's origin story.