|Artery: Vaginal artery|
|Arteries of the female reproductive tract (posterior view): uterine artery, ovarian artery and vaginal arteries.|
|Vessels of the uterus and its appendages, rear view.|
|Gray's||subject #155 616|
|Supplies||urinary bladder, ureter, vagina|
|Source|| Internal iliac artery|
The vaginal artery is usually a branch of the internal iliac artery. It descends to the vagina, supplying its mucous membrane. It can send branches to the bulb of the vestibule, the fundus of the bladder, and the contiguous part of the rectum.
Some texts consider the inferior vesical artery to be found only in males, and that this structure in females is a vaginal artery.
The vaginal artery is frequently represented by two or three branches.
- Vaginal+artery at eMedicine Dictionary
- SUNY Labs 43:13-0206 - "The Female Pelvis: Branches of Internal Iliac Artery"
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Arteries of torso - abdomen
(superior vesical, to ductus deferens) – inferior vesical – middle rectal – uterine (azygos of the vagina) – vaginal – obturator (anterior branch, posterior branch) – internal pudendal (inferior rectal, perineal, artery of the urethral bulb, urethral, deep artery of the penis, dorsal artery of the penis) – inferior gluteal (accompanying of ischiadic nerve, crucial anastomosis)
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