Did You Know?
Approximately 37% of college students report that they have never engaged in vaginal
Approximately 50% of college students report that they did not use contraception the last time
they had vaginal intercourse.
In the United States, half of all the pregnancies are unplanned—about 3 million each year.
Sexuality is the biological, physical, emotional, and psychosocial aspect of sexual attraction and
Sexual Anatomy and Health
Female Sexual Anatomy and Sexual Health
Vulva: all of the female external organs, collectively; also called genitals.
Mons pubis: the fatty, rounded areas of tissue in front of the pubic bone.
Labia: two pairs (majora and minora) of fleshy lips surrounding and protecting the clitoris and
the vaginal and urethral openings.
Clitoris: an organ composed of spongy tissue and nerve endings that is very sensitive to sexual
Female Sexual Anatomy: Internal
Vagina: the tube that connects a women’s external sex organs with her uterus.
Uterus (womb): the pear-shaped organ where a growing fetus is nurtured.
Ovaries: the two female reproductive organs where ova (eggs) reside.
Menstrual cycle: a monthly physiological cycle marked by menstruation.
Fallopian tubes: a pair of tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus.
Girls should have their first gynecologic visit between ages 13 and 15
A pelvic exam will most likely not be performed.
Women should have their first pelvic exam and pap smear by age 21.
Most women younger than age 30 should receive cervical screening once every 2 years.
Most women age 30 and older can wait 3 years between pap smears.
About half of all college-age women do not get screened regularly.
Common Sexual Health Problems in Females
Sexually transmitted infections.
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC), commonly referred to as a yeast infection.