JOHN BAVOSI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN BAVOSI / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Illustration of female reproductive organs. Seen below are the external genitalia of protective vulva (skin folds) opening to the urethra and bladder, at left, and the vagina, at right. Behind (to the right of) the vagina and vulva is the anus which leads into the rectal region of the gut. The vagina (lower centre) is a ribbed muscular canal that terminates internally at the cervix, or neck of the uterus. The uterus (upper centre) is pear- shaped and a hollow, muscular organ in which the fertilized egg becomes embedded, and in which the embryo and fetus develop during pregnancy. Ovaries (grey) pass their eggs into feathery ducts which lead to the uterus through fallopian tubes.
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