Ovaries, Fallopian Tubes, Uterus, Endometrium, Cervix, Vagina
A woman’s pelvis holds a unique and powerful gift: the possibility of life! This section is about the parts within your pelvic region having to do with periods and babies – in proper terms, reproduction.
The first thing you may notice, if you look back at the drawing at the beginning of this post, is each part within the pelvis is beautifully symmetrical. That means that what appears on one side, also appears as a mirror image on the other side.
This is especially true when you look at the Ovaries and Fallopian Tubes.
Ovaries: Two almond-sized “purses” or glands that contain at least a million teeny tiny eggs from Day One of your life.
Fallopian Tubes: 4-5-inch-long tubes through which an egg travels from either one of your ovaries, into your uterus, each month.
Uterus: Commonly referred to as the womb, it is a pear-shaped muscular organ where a baby grows for nine months.
Endometrium: This is the lining which acts both as padding and as a nourishment for a growing baby – or it comes loose and sheds each month when you menstruate.
Cervix: The lower opening of your uterus.
Vagina: A 4-6-inch-long muscular “portal” between your cervix and the outside of your body. Your vagina is a passageway for the flow of menstrual blood on the way out of your body and the birth canal for a baby as it makes its way into the world.
The muscles in a female’s uterus are powerful and are able to expand to allow the uterus to accommodate a growing fetus and then help push the baby out during labor.