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External Structures of the Female Reproductive System

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During childbirth, it stretches to accommodate the baby.

Cleveland Clinic says the Bartholin’s glands are located next to the vaginal opening and produce a fluid secretion to aid with sexual intercourse. About.com says they are also thought to enhance the motility and survival of the sperm during intercourse.

The Skene glands are similarly located as the Bartholin’s glands. They too help with lubrication during sexual intercourse.

Sources:
The Female Reproductive System

http://www.cchs.net/health/health-info/docs/2400/2418.asp?index=9118

A Body Basics Article: Female Reproductive System
http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/body_basics/female_reproductive_system.html#

Female Anatomy: The Reproductive Organs
http://www.everydayhealth.com/sexual-health/female-reproductive-organs.aspx

The Female Reproductive System: Everything You Need to Know
http://pcos.about.com/od/normalmenstrualcycle/a/internal_repro_system.htm

Reviewed Aug 3, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Shannon Koehle

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