It’s time to talk girl parts. When we study female anatomy, we study how the female body is made, and how it functions. A reproductive system is how humans have sex, become pregnant and give birth. Each part of the system does a different thing, but it all works together.
Knowing how your body works is an important part of staying healthy, especially as your body changes during puberty. So start with the basics! Here is a list of all the female reproductive parts and what they do.Mons pubis (mons PEW-bis)
The mons pubis is the fatty tissue that covers your pubic bone. (The pubic bone is at the top of your pubic area, between your legs. After puberty, it is covered with thick hair called pubic hair).Vulva (VUL-vuh)
This is the name for all of the external reproductive parts of your reproductive system: the labia, vaginal opening and hymen.Labia (LAY-be-uh)
These folds of skin, or lips, cover your vaginal opening.Clitoris (CLIT-or-is)
The clitoris is a small, firm organ at the top of the vulva. Stimulation of the clitoris is associated with sexual pleasure.Vaginal Opening (VAJ-in-ul)
This is the opening of the vagina, the passageway that leads to the reproductive organs inside your body. The vaginal opening is where menstrual blood and vaginal discharge leave the body, and where a tampon is inserted for menstrual cycle protection; it's also the "birth canal" a baby passes through during delivery.Hymen (HI-min)
The hymen is a thin, delicate membrane (a membrane is like skin but much thinner). It partially covers the opening of the vagina in most girls.Urethra (you-REE-thruh)
This is the small opening above the vaginal opening where urine leaves your body. (Although the urethra is near the reproductive system, it is not part of it.)Anus (a-niss)
This opening is where bowel movements leave your body when you go to the toilet. It is not part of the reproductive system.Perineum (per-in-EE-um)
The perineum is the area between the vagina and the anus.Bartholin's glands (BAR-tho-linz glans)
Bartholin's glands cannot be seen or felt because they are under the skin. These two glands help to keep the vaginal opening moist.