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1

what is the vulva?

The external genital organs of the female are collectively known as the vulva

2

what is the vulva also known as?

pudendum

3

what are the functions of the vulva?

To act as sensory tissue during sexual intercourse
To assist in micturition, by directing the flow of urine
Defend the internal female reproductive tract from infection

4

what is the vulva comprised of?

Mons pubis
Labia majora
Labia minora
Vestibule
Bartholin’s Glands
Clitoris

5

what is the mons pubis?

A fat pad at the anterior of the vulva

6

what is the mons pubis covered in?

pubic hair

7

what is the labia majora?

Two hair-bearing external folds

8

where is the labia majora derived from embryologically?

from labioscrotal swellings

9

where do the labia majora fuse? to what?

They fuse posteriorly and extend anteriorly to the mons pubis

10

what is the labia minora?

Two hairless folds of skin

11

where is labia minora derived from embryonically?

from urethral folds

12

where do labia minora lie?

within the labia majora

13

what do labia minora fuse anteriorly to produce?

the prepuce (hood) of the clitoris

14

what do labia minora extend posteriorly? producing?

extend posteriorly either side of the vaginal opening

15

what do labia minora fuse posterior to? creating?

They fuse again posterior to the vestibule, creating a fold of skin called the fourchette

16

what is the vestibule?

The area between and surrounding the labia

17

what opens into the vestibule?

The external vaginal orifice (vaginal opening) and urethra open into the vestibule

18

where are Bartholin’s Glands located?

Located either side of the vaginal orifice

19

what is the function of the Bartholin’s Glands?

these glands secrete lubricating mucus from small ducts during sexual arousion

20

where is the clitoris located?

Located under the prepuce

21

embryonic derivative of the clitoris?

from the genital tubercle

22

what is the clitoris formed of?

erectile corpora cavernosa tissue

23

what happens to the clitoris's erectile corpora cavernosa tissue during sexual stimulation?

becomes engorged with blood