THE FEMALE GENITAL ORGANS: EXTERNAL GENITAL ORGANS

The MONS VENERIS, a term derived from the Latin 'Mount of Venus' (goddess of love) is a rounded mass of fat at the lower end of the abdomen, above the VULVA in front of the SYMPHYSIS PUBIS or the junction of the two bones of the pelvis.

The LABIA MAJORA or large lips are two visible longitudinal folds which begin at the mons veneris and extend backwards to within 2 centimetres of the anus. The labia majora protect the perineum and contain large sweat glands like the scrotum.

The LABIA MINORA or small lips are two small folds 25 to 35 millimetres long, 8 to 14 millimetres high and 3 to 5 millimetres thick and are devoid of fat. They become visible when the labia majora are separated. The two small lips are united to form the hood or foreskin of the CLITORAL GLANS. At the back, the two labia are joined together behind the vaginal entrance to form a rim called the FRENULUM (small fold of skin), which disappears after frequent intercourse. BARTHOLIN'S GLANDS are situated in the labia minora. Their ducts open on the inner surface of the labia minora and lubricate the vaginal entrance with a transparent and slippery mucus secretion and thus help the introduction of the penis. The main lubrication during intercourse is provided by the walls of the vagina.

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