Anatomy of the Vulva

To better understand what is happening inside you, it will help you to understand the basic anatomy of your vulva.

The vulva is the outer part of the female reproductive system. The vulva includes the skin folds under the pubic hair that protect the urethra and vagina. The vulva has two folds of skin. The outer fold is called the labia majora and the inner fold is called the labia minora. The inner fold of the vulva forms a hood of skin called the prepuce. Below the prepuce is the clitoris. The clitoris is a sensitive piece of tissue that swells with blood when stimulated. At the bottom of the inner fold of the vulva is the fourchette. This is where the labia minora meet. Below the fourchette is the anus.

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The vulva consists of all the external female genitals.

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