Glossary What is the vulva? The external female genital area is called the vulva. The outer folds of skin are called the labia majora, and the inner folds are called the labia minora. Within the labia minora is the vestibule. The vagina and urethra open into the vestibule. On either side of the opening of the urethra are the openings to tiny glands called Skene glands.