Chapter 3 - Chapter 3: Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology...

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Chapter 3: Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology The Vulva Encompasses all female external genitals of the female, including the pubic hair, mons veneris, labia majora, labia minora, clitoris, and urinary and vaginal openings Mons Veneris “the mound of Venus” Triangular mound over the pubic bone above the vulva Pads of fatty tissue between the pubic bone and the skin Touch and pressure can be sexually pleasurable because of the presence of numerous nerve endings At puberty becomes covered with hair that varies in color, texture, and thickness Scent that accompanies vaginal secretions held by pubic hair which can add to sensory erotic pleasure Prevents uncomfortable friction and provides cushioning during intercourse Removing hair = practice of porn stars and exotic dancers o Become a grooming trend some mainstream women practice o Removed by trimming, shaving, waxing, or using a depilatory o Remove permanently by laser - or cut designs with the laser o Trim bikini line to prevent pubic hair from peeking out of a bathing suit or thong underwear o Some keep only a “landing strip” – triangle or small strip on the mons o “bare” – removal of all pubic hair Labia Majora Outer lips of the vulva Begin next to the thigh and extend inward, surrounding the labia minora and the urethral and vaginal openings Outer parts covered in pubic hair; inner parts are void of hair Skin is usually darker than the skin of the thighs Nerve endings and underlying fatty tissue are similar to those in the mons Labia Minora Inner lips of the vulva, one on each side of the vaginal opening Hairless folds of skin that join at the prepuce (foreskin or fold of skin over the clit) and extend downward past the urinary and vaginal openings Contain sweat and oil glands, extensive blood vessels, and nerve endings Vary considerably in size, shape, length, and color During and after pregnancy, inner lips become darker in color Some women have labia altered by labiaplasty - surgery which changes the size and shape Most women who underwent this surgery were more concerned than their male partners about the appearance of their vulvas – many contemplated surgery in order to make them look like porn stars’ Piercing and wearing jewelry on vulva tissues is another way some alter the appearance of their genitals Most common place for a piercing is the clitoral hood or body Rings and barbells can damage the genital tissue of the sexual partner Risks from piercings include:
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Chapter 3: Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology o HIV o Hepatitis B o Bacterial Infections o Local and systemic infections o Abscess formation o Allergic reactions o Torn flesh o Problematic scarring The Clitoris A highly sensitive structure of the female external genitals, the only function of which is sexual pleasure. It comprises of: The shaft: the length of the clitoris between the glans and the body
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Chapter 3 - Chapter 3: Female Sexual Anatomy and Physiology...

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