Words You Should Know

October 12, 2014By

Reproductive (ree-pro-DUC-tiv): The system within your pelvic region that creates and supports new life

Puberty (PYOO-ber-tee): The age when your reproductive organs become “activated,” creating the start of periods, the growth of pubic hair, and many other changes in the body

Cycle (CY-cul): Not something you ride – It’s when an event or situation repeats itself in the exact same way over the same period of time

Menstruation (men-stroo-ay-shun): the process of shedding bits of endometrial lining and blood from your uterus, once a month, upon reaching puberty

reproductive diagram

image from www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/science

 

Ovaries (oh-vur-ees): You have two ovaries which contain hundreds of undeveloped female egg cells or ova that you were born with. They also produce the hormones: estrogen and progesterone. 

Fallopian (fa-low-pian) tubes (oviduct): Connect each ovary to the uterus. They have cilia which are hair-like structures that help the egg that is released from an ovary every month to be pushed through the tube into the uterus.

Uterus (you-tuh-ris) (womb): A muscular bag where a baby develops until birth. This is also where the uterine lining is that sheds during your period.

Cervix (sir-vix): A cylindrical muscle at the lower part of the uterus.

Vagina (va-jy-nuh): A muscular tube that connects the cervix to the outside of the woman’s body. This is where a baby passes through and where menstrual leaves the body from.

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image from http://girlshealth.gov/body/reproductive/system.html

Mons Pubis: A fatty layer of tissue that covers the pelvic bone.

Labia: Two pairs of skin flaps that protect the vaginal opening from foreign particles

Urethra: A canal that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body.

Hymen: A thin sheet of tissue which partially covers the opening of the vagina.

Clitoris: A sensory organ located at the top of where the folds of the labia join

Vulva: Soft and padded, your vulva is the area surrounding the outside of your vagina and extending up to your mons pubis.

Labia Majora: This is the skin directly around your vagina, often referred to as the outer vaginal lips. Pubic hair can grow here once puberty starts.

Labia Minora: These are also known as inner vaginal lips. The labia minora are like the innermost petals of a flower – folds of super soft skin that cover your vagina. Every girl is different, some labia minora are tucked into the labia majora and others may be more visible.

 

 

 

 

*Definitions from Below Your Belt and http://kidshealth.org/teen/sexual_health/changing_body/female_repro.html#

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