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Female Reproductive System

The Female Reproductive System Channel answers your questions about parts of the female anatomy and how they function. Learn how the different parts of the female reproductive system work in this section.

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How Female Puberty Works

When bras and tampons replace a girl's childish playthings during puberty, it can be tough. Growing up isn't easy, especially when so much is it visible, from acne to a sudden growth spurt.


Clitoris

What is the definition of clitoris? Learn about female sexual anatomy and the functions of the clitoris. See more »

Gynecology

What are the definitions of gynecology terms? Learn about how the medical field of gynecology provides health care to women. See more »

Hymen

What is the definition of a hymen? Learn about the anatomy and function of the hymen, a component of the female reproductive system. See more »

Menstruation

What is the definition of menstruation? Learn about the anatomy and physiology of menstruation as part of a woman's reproductive system. See more »

Perineum

What is the definition of perineum? Learn about the anatomy of the perineum and how it can be used to enhance sexual arousal. See more »

How Female Puberty Works

When bras and tampons replace a girl's childish playthings during puberty, it can be tough. Growing up isn't easy, especially when so much is it visible, from acne to a sudden growth spurt. See more »

Do you really need to have a period every month?

Is it a rite of passage or pure inconvenience? Women don't see their periods in the same way. But if you decide to trade in your tampon supply for birth control pills that suppress your period altogether, is it bad for you? See more »

Are female orgasms essential to continuing the human species?

The evolutionary rationale behind the male orgasm is obvious -- it's the female orgasm that's a little more obscure. Is it an evolutionary necessity or a lucky accident that's on its way out? See more »

If a woman has two wombs, can she get pregnant in both?

A couple of months ago in Britain, three babies were born from two separate wombs -- inside the same woman. Uterus didelphys -- or a double womb -- is a pretty rare condition. It affects anywhere from about one in 1,000 to one in 1 million women worldwide, and it sometimes occurs in families. See more »

What to Ask During Your First Reproductive Health Appointment

Starting the process of trying for a baby can create a ton of questions in your mind. Get your questions answered about your reproductive health in this article. See more »