The external, visible part of the female genitalia. The vulva comprises
the following structures:
- The mons pubis, a skin-covered pad of fat over the
pelvic joint that is covered by coarse hair in the adult female.
- The clitoris, an erectile structure similar to the
penis in males.
- The labia minor, which is composed of fatty tissue
and surrounds the opening of the vagina.
- The labia major, which contains hair follicles and
sweat and sebaceous
glands; the labia major is modified on the inner surface by the
labia minor, which is moist and does not contain hair follicles.
- Bartholin's glands, two
bean-shaped glands located on either side of the vaginal opening that
secrete lubricating fluid.
• female genital