Ever wonder what the difference is between your internal and external reproductive organs? I'm sharing an easy to follow overview of the difference between them and how they all function together.
Your internal reproductive organs function to allow for pregnancy and childbirth. These organs include the uterus, cervix, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and vagina. The ovaries are the powerhouse that store the female eggs and release hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle and provide protective benefits to your heart and bones throughout your lifetime. The fallopian tubes are how the egg travels to the uterus to become fertilized. The uterus and cervix are what house the pregnancy as it implants and grows. And the vagina is the canal that allows for sperm to travel up into the uterus to become fertilized, and how the baby then travels out during delivery.
Your external reproductive organs function to allow for a pleasurable sexual experience. These organs include the clitoris and labia. The labia majora and minora are the outer and inner lips of the vagina that provide a protective barrier to the vaginal opening. The clitoris contains thousands of nerve endings and becomes engorged with blood flow during intercourse, thus allowing for a pleasurable sexual response.
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Dr. Shweta Desai