Extra Virgin :: Knowing Your Body
Recently, my friend went to her OB/GYN thinking she might have a urinary tract infection. The doctor asked what her symptoms were so she said, “The very end of my urethra is very painful and constantly feels like I need to urinate.” The doctor asked, “Are you in the medical field?” “No, why?” my friend replied. “You sound like a professional,” the doctor said. My friend and I got a good laugh out of the fact that she sounded like a professional because she knew what her urethra was.
It’s incredibly important to know your body—it helps you to be comfortable in your own skin, it enables you to care for yourself well, it creates a respect for yourself that drives you to prevent disease and minimize dangerous situations, it causes you to worship the God who created your body. I’ve written out a simplified version of female reproductive anatomy before, but I just stumbled upon some YouTube videos that I wanted to recommend.
Armando Hasudungan hand draws beautiful and accurate tutorials on anatomy and physiology. The drawings are complex, accurate and challenging to follow, but I also found them enormously helpful for understanding the intricacies of the human body. Sadly, he has yet to do a tutorial with an overview of the female reproductive system, but here are a couple that are great ::
A woman’s hormones are über complicated, but seeing it all drawn out and explained helps to break down the information. Also, I realized that after watching this video for less than fifteen minutes, I had a better grasp on concepts that I have read entire books about!
We could all do with understanding the bodies of our male counterparts a little better. God made our bodies so incredibly complex, with such purpose and precision! I was amazed by the things I learned about the male body.
This is basically “the birds and the bees,” in case you need a refresher. And honestly, even if you don’t, you’ll probably still learn something.
The videos are about fifteen minutes long, which feels daunting, but it’s totally worth it. Also, I’ve noticed that the more times and the more ways I expose myself to information, the more familiar I become with it and the better I understand it. So even if it’s not these videos, find a way to look up scientific information on anatomy. Read books, watch videos, read articles, observe your own body. You won’t regret it!
(Photo by Kari Herer)