|Female Reproductive System: External Organs|
The vulva is the external portion
of the female genital organs ( external genital organs ).
- Labia Majora - two large, fleshy lips,
or folds of skin.
- Labia Minora - small lips that lie inside
the labia majora and surround the openings to the urethra and vagina.
- Vestibule - space where the vagina opens.
- Glands of Bartholin . The glands of Bartholin
are two tiny ducts located on each side of the opening of the vagina.
It is here that the mucus, which serves as the lubrication for intercourse,
is produced upon stimulation.
- Prepuce - a fold of skin formed by the labia minora.
- Clitoris - a small protrusion sensitive
- Fourchette - area beneath the vaginal
opening where the labia minora meet.
- Perineum - area between the vagina and
- Anus - opening at the end of the anal
- Urethra - connecting tube to the bladder.
The external female genitalia perform two major functions,
both allowing the penis and thus sperm enter (in order to
an ) as well as protecting the
from pathogens, which can produce infection.
The information in this page is presented in summarised form and has been taken
from the following source(s):
Motherisk, The Hospital for Sick Children:
(def;articles & more)