Please keep in mind that this is a cultural, NOT religious, practice.
The Urethral Opening
is located above the vaginal opening. Urine passes from
the body through the urethral opening. The proximity of the urethral opening to the vaginal
opening, as well as the shorter length of the urethra in women, increase a woman’s chance of
urinary tract infection
. A UTI is an infection of the urethra,
bladder, or other urinary structure.
Cystitis can be prevented by drinking lots of fluids, including
orange or cranberry juice; decreasing the use of alcohol and caffeine; and maintaining the
cleanliness around the urethral opening.
The Vaginal Opening
lies below and larger than the urethral opening.
– ring of tissue surrounding, partially covering or fully screening the
define, and explain why some women would consider this necessary.
This is a medical procedure, common in some cultures, to reconstruct or repair the hymen
to allow a woman to appear “virginal”.
I can think of only a few reasons why a woman might consider this such as if she were
extremely religious or not necessarily religious herself but from a religious family and
wanted her spouse to consider her “pure” as people do when they associate virginity with
purity. I don’t think many women who aren’t part of a strict religious background would
go so far as to do this.
consists of the skin and underlying tissue between the vaginal
opening and the anus. It is well supplied with nerve endings. An
is the cutting of the
perineal tissue during labor.
This practice is declining in frequency.
–as in men, may provide increased sexual pleasure from stimulation.
In some cultures the breasts are viewed
as biological instruments for feeding infants. But the
culture of the United States has eroticized breasts.
secondary sexual characteristics
– that is, they distinguish
women from men but are not directly involved in reproduction.
Each breast contains milk-producing glands called
Women vary little in their amount of glandular tissue; it is the fatty tissue between the
glands that determines breast size.