External Female Anatomy • Vulva- general term for external female sex organs • Mons pubis- fatty tissue that covers the pubic bone • Labia Majora- Two folds of skin running from Mons Pubis to below the vaginal opening, they protect the genitals
External Female Anatomy • Labia Minora- 2 smaller folds of skin within the labia majora • Clitoris- at the top of the Labia Minroa, central of sexual stimulation in the female • Urethra- below clitoris, opening to the bladder
Internal Organs• Hymen- thin ring of • Vagina- empty tissue covering the passageway leading opening of the vagina, from the vaginal divides external & opening to the uterus. internal sex organs Has 3 main functions: 1. channel for menstrual flow, 2. receptacle for the male penis during intercourse 3. birth canal
Internal Organs• Cervix- opening of the uterus, strongest muscle in women’s body, closed during pregnancy, open during birth• Uterus- hollow, muscular organ shaped like a pear. One main function- to protect and nourish a fetus until it is ready to live outside the womb.
Internal Organs• Fallopian Tubes- 2 tubes shaped like arched bridges • Ovaries- two solid egg• Carries the egg cell toward shaped structures the uterus and the sperm about the size of peach cell toward the egg cell pits.• Location for fertilization • 2 main functions- produce female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone and stores and releases the female egg cell
Other things you should know …• Time line: – Ages 9-12: secondary sex characteristics appear – Ages 11-14: menstrual cycle begins – Late 20’s-30’s- peak sexual urges – Ages 45-55 menopause
So what happens …• Menstruation: the shedding of the endometrium, aka uterine lining.• Ovulation: the act of the egg leaving the ovary• http://www.youtube.com /watch?v=nLmg4wSHdxQ