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I had heard somewhere that some women have horizontal vagina. I didn't think it was true.

So I asked my biology teacher, "I've heard some women have horizontal vagina. Is it true?"

He replied, "Yes, some women of Mongolian race do. Not absolutely horizontal, though. I'd say slanted at some degrees."

I mean, as an abnormality, yeah I know it's possible. But "women of Mongolian race" in particluar! I don't think so. I searched Google, got results about Asian women having sideways vagina. The results don't seem very convincing either.

Back to question – Is that really true?

Examples of the claim:

6 Crazy Things People Used To Believe About Vaginas:

  1. Sideways vaginas = a thing.

Think of this as early "bro-natomy." The rumor that Asian women had sideways vaginas originated as racist humor amongst gentlemen visiting Chinese prostitutes in California brothels in the mid-1800s. The rumor was part of the larger cultural fetishizing of Asian women, and persisted through the Korean War, because some people enjoy their misogyny with a side of racism.

From Yahoo Answers

Is it true that Chinese girls have horizontal vaginas?

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    The question about penis size and race is a common claim that everyone has heard, and is plausible, whether it is true or not. This is implausible claim that it is hard to fathom that anyone old enough to be on this site believes. It sounds like 19th Century racism, and both the notability references quickly dismiss it as nonsense. – Oddthinking Jun 24 '15 at 13:27
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    The questioner in the linked Yahoo Answers question doesn't even seem to actually know what a vagina is. Possibly a topic for meta: nothing from Yahoo Answers should be acceptable as notable. – Reinstate Monica iamnotmaynard Jun 24 '15 at 14:11
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    I don't understand why sexual questions get down-votes. Does it offend you? We are skeptics who investigate all kinds of claims; not just non-sexual. – George Chalhoub Jun 24 '15 at 15:09
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    @GeorgeChalhoub i think voting is more related to "i've heard of it" – Sklivvz Jun 24 '15 at 22:15
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    Perhaps the best way to answer this is to find an anatomy diagram from a Chinese Sex Ed/biology textbook. (Rather than my first idea, of linking to porn.) Does anyone have sufficient Mandarin or Cantonese skills to find one? – Oddthinking Jun 25 '15 at 10:46
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Asians have vaginas that are the same as people of European descent.

Inspired by Oddthinking's suggestion of using Chinese Sex Ed or biology textbooks, I decided to use something slightly more convenient: Wikipedia.

The Japanese and Chinese editions of Wikipedia use the same diagrams for vaginas as those for European languages. They don't use a parallel set of diagrams for European and Asian vaginas.

From the Chinese edition of Wikipedia about vaginas:

女性內生殖器縱剖圖標示vagina位置即是陰道。

Google translation: Female genital longitudinal sectional view of the position that is marked "vagina" vagina. [Quotation marks added by me.]

Diagram from Chinese Wikipedia

女性生殖系統的器官,中心部份為陰道

Google translation: Organs, the central part of the female reproductive system, vaginal.

It also has two photos of actual vaginas. One of them is https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Vulva_and_pubic_hair.jpg , which is also used on the English edition of Wiktionary along with other Wikimedia sites. The other is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Azvag.jpg , which has English-language labels.

From the Japanese edition of Wikipedia about vaginas:

Diagram from Japanese Wikipedia

女性器の断面図

Google translation: Cross-sectional view of the female genital.

Plus a photo of an actual vagina, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Female_genitalia_inner.JPG?uselang=en , which has a description in multiple European and Asian languages, and which is used on the Finnish edition of Wikipedia amongst others.

To satisfy those who distrust Wikipedia, I did a google image search for "女性器の断面図".

One page I came across was http://cancerinfo.tri-kobe.org/pdq/summary/japanese.jsp?Pdq_ID=CDR0000062964 , a page about Endometrial cancer treatment:

Anatomical diagram from a non-Wikipedia source

While the question seems to use the word "Mongolian" to mean "Asian", (a rather dated term for native speakers), I may as well include literal Mongolians as well. The Mongolian word for vagina is "үтрээ" according to Bolor Dictionary (Mongolia typically uses Cyrillic for its language nowadays). Doing a search for "үтрээ" came up with a diagram from a page titled Нууц хэсэгтэйгээ танилцаарай бүсгүйчүүдээ!, which Google Translate translates as "Explore the women inside khesegteigee!" (Google left "khesegteigee" untranslated - it corresponds to the word "хэсэгтэйгээ"). The web site domain name is Mongolian (.mn), the content of the page is Mongolian, and the text of the diagram is almost certainly Mongolian, because the first word is "эмэгтэй", which is the Mongolian word for woman. There's nothing unusual about this diagram indicating that Mongolian women have different anatomy from people of European descent.

Mongolian language diagram

Ideally, I'd like to cite a source that states that it's theoretically impossible to have a sideways vagina, or that there's no basis in fact to the claim that Asians have sideways vaginas, but maybe biologists think it a claim not worth the effort of debunking.

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    Wow, that is quite a research! – user22914 Jun 26 '15 at 19:57
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There is something called retroversion or anteversion of the uterus. The uterus, as can be seen in the second and third pictures of Andrew Grimm's answer, tilts either towards the front of the body (anteverted uterus) or towards the back (retroverted uterus), in which case it stands up nearly straight. When I was young and reading women's magazines in The Netherlands that was something that was discussed a lot (it was called a tilted uterus (Dutch: "gekantelde baarmoeder") because it was thought to be a cause of miscarriages. Women had operations to move their retroverted uterus to the anteverted position.

However, when they reviewed the effectiveness of these procedures the net results were not very convincing. Moreover, Dutch doctors who worked in Indonesia or who worked with Indonesians in the Netherlands reported that retroverted uteruses were not a rarity but quite common among their Indonesian patients and not associated with a high risk of miscarriage. Nowadays, one rarely reads of anyone having the surgery anymore.

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    With citations this could be an excellent answer. – Bryan Krause Aug 20 at 16:27
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    Unfortunately, when the OP said "vagina", it was used as a euphemism (the same way many people say "stomach" (an internal organ) when they actually mean "belly" (external)). The "joke" is about the vulva and labia based on their resemblance to an eye, not about the actual vagina. – Ray Butterworth Aug 20 at 21:24
  • @RayButterworth not quite an euphemism but rather a metonymy. – Evargalo Aug 21 at 8:18

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