In female human anatomy, the frenulum labiorum pudendi (aka. the fourchette) is a frenulum where the labia minora meet at the back. Above it is the vulval vestibule.
The area where the labia minora meet posteriorly is called the posterior commissure of the labia minora.
The fourchette may be torn during delivery due to the sudden stretching of the vulval orifice. To prevent this tearing in a haphazard manner, obstetricians and, less frequently, midwives may perform an episiotomy, which is a deliberate cut made in the perineum starting from the fourchette downwards. Episiotomies may result in reduced sexual sensation following recovery as the fourchette is a part of the clitoris and contains sensory nerve endings which are severed in the procedure.
The fourchette may also be torn in acts of sex wherein forced entry occurs such as rape. When the fourchette gets torn the bleeding which ensues sometimes requires surgical suturing for containment.
"Fourchette" is French for "little fork", and the word is also used as a technical term for a type of dessert fork. (See frenulum for details on the eytmology of that word.)
- ↑ fourchette at eMedicine Dictionary
- ↑ wikt:fourchette
|Female reproductive system|
|Follicles/Folliculogenesis||corpus (hemorrhagicum, luteum, albicans) • Theca folliculi (externa, interna) • Follicular antrum (Follicular fluid) • Corona radiata • Zona pellucida • Membrana granulosa (Granulosa cells)|
|Ovaries/Oogenesis||Germinal epithelium • Tunica albuginea • cortex (Cumulus oophorus, Stroma) • Medulla|
|Fallopian tubes||Isthmus • Ampulla • Infundibulum • Fimbria|
|Ligaments||Broad (components: Mesovarium, Mesosalpinx, Mesometrium contents: Round of uterus, Proper of ovary) • Suspensory of ovary • Cardinal|
|Uterus||cervix/neck (External orifice - Canal of the cervix, Internal orifice) • corpus/body (Cavity of the body, Fundus) • layers (Endometrium, Myometrium, Perimetrium) • Uterine horns|
|Vulva/mons pubis||Labium: commissures (Anterior • Posterior) • Frenulum labiorum pudendi • Labia majora • Cleft of venus • Labia minora • Vulval vestibule • interlabial sulci
Clitoris: Vestibular bulbs • Clitoral crura • Corpus cavernosa • Clitoral glans (Frenulum, Hood)
Vagina: vestibular glands/ducts (Bartholin's glands/Bartholin's ducts, Skene's glands/Skene's ducts) • Fossa of vestibule of vagina • Vaginal fornix • Hymen • Orifice
|Vestiges||Wolffian (Gartner's duct, Epoophoron, Paroöphoron) • Canal of Nuck|
|Other||G-spot • Urethral sponge|
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