What Is The Vulva?
The external organs of the female reproductive system are collectively known as the vulva. They include the mons pubis, the labia majora and minora and the clitoris.
Mons pubis: A protective pad of fat over the pubic bone. It is covered in hair after puberty.
Labia majora: 2 large folds of fatty tissue which run lengthways either side of the vulva from the mons pubis to the perineum (skin between the vulva and anus). They protect the entrance to the vagina and urethra (where urine comes out).
Labia minora: 2 smaller folds of skin within the labia majora. They surround the clitoris and form a hood (prepuce) to protect it.
Clitoris: A very small, sensitive organ that is equivalent to the male penis. It even contains erectile tissue like the penis. It is situated just below the mons pubis. During sexual activity the erectile tissues fill with blood and swell. Its only known function is to stimulate sexual pleasure.