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We've all had those bad body days, when you look down and aren't completely happy with what you see. However, a sexual health charity has released a brand new pamphlet to help women feel more comfortable about one body part in particular.

UK-based Brook has launched a new online reference tool that helps women find out if their vagina - or more accurately their entire vulva - is 'normal'.

It comes from figures that suggest very few women are actually aware about their own anatomy. This makes it difficult to notice if there are any abnormalities that may need to be looked at, as well as many females feeling uncomfortable about the size, shape and general appearance of their most intimate area.

In fact, research suggests that the situation is getting so bad that women may actually be putting their own health at risk.

According to a recent report, more than a third (34 per cent) of females surveyed were too worried about the appearance of their vulva to go for a smear test. With around three-quarters of cervical cancers being prevented through the routine check, a large number of women could be risking their lives because they're embarrassed about a professional seeing their intimate parts.

Brook hopes to challenge this perception straight on with its new online guide, offering women - and men - a breakdown of the different parts of the vulva and the different, common variations.

Ms Louise Williams, clinical nurse specialist at University College Hospital and co-lead of the project, told the BBC that the educational resource will help young people understand their body and the ways it develops during puberty.

"We hope it will reassure young people that vulvas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and if they need advice and support, they can know where to go," she added.