Female Anatomy and Response The female external sex organs are collectively known as the vulva. The mons pubis is the are of the lower front abdomen over the pubic bone. -covered with pubic hair. -has numerous nerve endings which means touch can be pleasurable -latin for “mountain of venus” Labia Majora (outer lips) -rounded pads of fatty tissue extending down from the mons along both sides of the vaginal opening -encloses and protects other external structures -outer skin is pigmented, covered with pubic hair -formed from the same tissue that forms the scrotum for males -touch or pressure on the other lips results in the same sensation as scrotal stimulation Labia Minora -hairless folds of tissue between the labia major and the vaginal opening -labia minora come together to form the clitoral hood or prepuce; they come together at the bottom to form the fourchette -also contains numerous nerve endings Clitoris -sexual pleasure organ of the female, only function is for sexual pleasure -located above the openings to the urethra and the vagina -small erectile shaft that becomes engorged with blood upon stimulation that is capped by an exposed glans, which can be viewed if the labia are gently parted and the clitoral hood is pushed back -varies in size from woman to woman -contains as many nerve endings as the penis Vestibule -area between the labia minora -this is where the opening to the urethra is located (between the clitoris and vaginal opening) Urethral Opening and Urethra -the urethra is a short tube used for urination -tube connects the opening of the urethra to the urinary bladder Vaginal Orifice or Introitus -opening to vagina -at birth this are may be partially covered by hymen (named for Roman God of Marriage) -in rare cases- imperforate hymen which completely covers the vagina and has to be cut in order for menstrual blood to flow -although it may protect the vaginal tissues early in life, it has no real function Perineum -small area of smooth skin between vaginal opening and anus -very sensitive to touch and temperature
-tears in childbirth; try to prevent tearing by cutting (episiotomy) Vagina -a muscular tube that is very elastic; it is approx. 4 inches deep but lengthens during arousal -serves as the birth canal -nerve endings are located in lower 1/3, part sensitive to stimulation -houses penis during intercourse, passageway to uterus for sperm, route for menstrual flow to leave body, and the birth canal - Bartholin’s glands are located inside the walls of the vaginal orifice, secrete fluid during sexual arousal Cervix -located at the upper end of the vagina -connects the vagina to the uterus -women should have a pap smear annually, as these tests are responsible for the 70% decline in deaths from cervical cancer -should refrain from intercourse 2-3 days before this test Uterus -thick walled, muscular organ which provides a nourishing environment for the developing fetus -typically 3 inches long and pear shaped - perimetrium- thin outer later - myometrium
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- Spring '16
- Human Sexuality, Sexual intercourse, Human sexual behavior, Orgasm, Pubic hair