3 Female Anatomy

3 Female Anatomy - FEMALE ANATOMY PUDENDUM external female...

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FEMALE ANATOMY PUDENDUM: external female genitals -From the Latin for “Shame” -We’ll use “VULVA” instead MONS VENERIS: “mound of Venus” -Padding of fatty tissue on front of pubic bone -Covered with hair at puberty -Good “cushion” for sexual intercourse LABIA (“lips”) -Labia majora: large outer lips -Labia minora: inner lips (think Georgia O’Keefe). Some cultures find really long ones most attractive, so women pull on them to lengthen. ESTROGEN: Generic term for several hormones -Promotes puberty -Regulating menstrual cycle -Cognitive functioning -Sense of well-being PROGESTERONE: Also regulates menstrual cycle -Stimulates development of endometrium BREASTS MAMMARY: from the Latin mamma – “breast” or “udder (1682 appeared in English) BREAST: from the Old English breost , evolved from Indo-European bhreus , “to swell” or “to sprout” (first in English around the 12 th century) FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (WHO stats) 6,000 performed every day Girls usually age 4-10 Removal of clitoris, sometimes labia- Can lead to infection, bleeding, pain, death; painful sexual intercourse; dangers in childbirth.
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Some cultures still consider it a necessary rite of passage into womanhood. Predominately in Africa and the Middle East.
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