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Female Anatomy 101

Updated: May 9, 2020

Here's the basics..



Ovary

  • you have 2 ovaries, right and left

  • releases an egg every month (ovulation)

  • produces the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, which control our periods

  • when they stop working, you go into menopause


Fallopian tubes

  • 2 tubes, right and left

  • each connects an ovary to the uterus

  • this is where sperm and egg meet to make an embryo

  • can surgically cut, clip or remove them to prevent pregnancy (tubes tied)


Uterus

  • big muscle

  • only purpose is to grow a baby

  • the lining of the uterus builds up each month in case an embryo implants

  • this lining sheds every month when embryo does not implant, and that's your period


Cervix

  • it's just the bottom part of uterus

  • this part dilates (or opens up) to let the baby out when a pregnant woman is in labor

  • this is what a Pap smear is for (screens for cervical cancer)

  • it's located at the top of the vagina, that's why I need a speculum to see it


Vagina

  • connects outer labia to cervix

  • this is where tampon or menstrual cup is inserted to collect blood from period




Bladder

  • holds urine until we're ready to use the toilet

  • this sits right in front of the uterus, down in your pelvis

  • you know where this is because you can feel it when it's full and you have to pee



Vulva

  • Outer genitalia, or labia (or "lips" of the vagina)

  • clitoris is in area at top


Urethra - where urine comes out of bladder


Perineum - area of skin between vaginal opening and anus


Anus - end of bowels where the poop comes out





There are many grown women who don't know their own anatomy (we won't even talk about what men don't know). At least know these basics and you're good to go.







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