Reproduction is the process by which organisms make more organisms like themselves. But even though the reproductive system is essential to keeping a species alive, unlike other body systems, it's not essential to keeping an individual alive. In the human reproductive process, two kinds of sex cells, or gametes GAH-meetz , are involved. The male gamete, or sperm, and the female gamete, the egg or ovum, meet in the female's reproductive system.
The vulva plural vulvas or vulvae; derived from Latin for wrapper or covering consists of the external female sex organs. The vulva includes the mons pubis , labia majora , labia minora , clitoris , vestibular bulbs , vulval vestibule , urinary meatus , the vaginal opening , and Bartholin's and Skene's vestibular glands. The urinary meatus is also included as it opens into the vulval vestibule. Other features of the vulva include the pudendal cleft, sebaceous glands , the urogenital triangle anterior part of the perineum , and pubic hair.
The vagina and vulva have been depicted in art from prehistory to the contemporary art era of the 21st century. Visual art forms representing the female genitals encompass two-dimensional e. As long ago as 35, years ago, people sculpted Venus figurines that exaggerated the abdomen , hips , breasts , thighs , or vulva. In , Gustave Courbet painted a picture of a nude woman which depicted the female genitals, entitled " The Origin of the World ".
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