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What does the female genitalia look like?

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The external female genitalia consist of fleshy folds resembling lips known as the labia, a small bump of tissue known as the clitoris, and the openings of the vagina and urethra, according to WebMD. All the parts of the external female genitalia are known collectively as the vulva. The remainder of the female reproductive system is internal to the body and cannot normally be seen.

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The labia are split into two different categories: the labia majora and labia minora, according to Merck Manual. The labia majora are a pair of relatively large folds of skin running 1 to 2 inches from the anus to a mound of fatty tissue atop the pubic bone known as the mons pubis. The labia majora function to enclose and protect the other organs of the vulva, while the labia minora are smaller folds contained within the labia majora. The labia minora are pink in color and vary in size between women.

The clitoris is located near the mons pubis near the junction of the labia minora, notes Merck Manual. The clitoris is a small protrusion that is the anatomical equivalent of the penis in the male. It varies in size, but becomes engorged with blood and is more obvious in most women during sexual stimulation. The opening of the vagina is located towards the other end of the vulva from the clitoris.

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