Female Anatomy: The Pelvis
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For men and women alike, female anatomy can be daunting. In this video we eliminate the mystery of the female pelvis--from the vaginal lips (labia majora and labia minora), to the ovaries and everything in between.
Transcript: For men and women alike, female anatomy can be daunting. To demystify a womans below-the-belt region,...
For men and women alike, female anatomy can be daunting. To demystify a womans below-the-belt region, it helps to compare her pelvis to something less confusing. Allow me to introduce the three-room cottage analogy. The middle room is the vagina, bordered by the bladder in front and the rectum in back. All three rooms are separated by two vaginal walls. And at the top of the central room, perched like a chandlier in the ceiling, is the cervix, held in place by a pair of ligaments functioning like two strong support cables. These uterosacral ligaments connect the uterus at the level of the cervix to the front side of the sacrum. Projecting sideways from the top of the uterus, like two arms on a Mr. Potato-head, are the tubes and ovaries. Moving back down toward the foundation of the 3 room cottage sits a connective tissue wedge separating the vaginal opening from the anus this structure is called the perineum. At the level of the ground floor, these three rooms are surrounded by a wraparound terrace made up of levator ani muscles. You may know them as Kegel muscles. The Kegel muscles attach to the perineum something you can easily demonstrate yourself by using a mirror to watch the perineum retract with each Kegel contraction. Remember, this cozy, yet complex, house is just the INTERIOR, or pelvic, part of a womans anatomy. A closer look reveals that this house has quite the exterior. The vagina has two sets of vaginal lips: the labia majora, one on each side of the vaginal opening, with a pair of thinner inside lips called the labia minora resting between the labia majora. At the top of the labia minora is the clitoris, a small short tubular structure made of erectile tissue. The ultra-sensitive clitoris contains the highest density of sensory nerves of any human body part, many times more than the head of the male penis. The clitoris is covered and protected by the prepuce, or clitoral hood. During sexual arousal, the clitoris becomes erect and the prepuce retracts, making it more accessible.To learn more about female anatomy, from the importance of vaginal fitness, to disorders like pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and fecal incontinence, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-02 | Tags »
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You may think you know all about a male's private parts, but do you really? Watch this video for a guide to the penis.
Transcript: A man's genital anatomy is much more than his penis. The male penis, which is the shaft that hangs outside...
A man's genital anatomy is much more than his penis. The male penis, which is the shaft that hangs outside of his body, generally lies limp. When arousal occurs and the penis fills with blood, however, it becomes erect. The testicles lie on either side of the penis. Their purpose is two-fold: To produce both sperm and the sexual hormone, testosterone. The testicles are surrounded by a thin membrane of skin called the scrotum. The scrotum acts as a temperature-control center for the testicles, keeping them slightly cooler than the rest of the body to ensure a pleasant climate for sperm. After the body produces sperm in the testicles, they are held in the epididymus, which is adjacent to the testicles, and then the sperm through a tube called the vas deferens. From the vas deferens, of course, the sperm travel to the penis to be ejaculated. The urethra is a tube that runs within the penis to transport urine and semen. And, surrounding the urethra at the penis's base, is the much talked about gland called the prostate. Although the prostate can be a source of pleasure, its reproductive purpose is to create a fluid that contains and nourishes sperm. This white, sticky fluid combines with sperm to create the ejaculatory substance known as semen. If you think the penis is complicated, though...check out all the parts that compose the vagina in our other videos!More »
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There are many things about female anatomy that are unknown to men, and even women themselves. Unravel the mystery of the female anatomy by watching this video.
Transcript: Think you're a vagina expert? Well here are five facts you've never heard before! Her hot spots have...
Think you're a vagina expert? Well here are five facts you've never heard before! Her hot spots have something very interesting in common with a shark! Vaginal lubricant is a melting pot of ingredients, from lactic acid to squalene, an ingredient also found in sharks' livers! But her natural lubrication isn't just for getting hot and heavy! Sex leaves women mentally alert because it takes them between 15 to 30 minutes to return to a pre-aroused state, while guys come down immediately. And how long does that sex take? According to studies, the average experience is 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Yet women generously rated these same sessions as "feeling" like 5 minutes and 30 seconds...so there's hope for the quickie!More »
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A woman's sexual organs have long been a source of confusion and even mystery. Watch this video to uncover facts on the vagina and clitoris.
Transcript: As if the vagina wasn't mysterious enough, here are five other strange facts about the female anatomy....
As if the vagina wasn't mysterious enough, here are five other strange facts about the female anatomy. The clitoris is the only part of either sex's body whose purpose is solely for pleasure! Maybe that's because her bliss button is actually made of erectile tissue no wonder it feels so good when touched! Some scientists call this area the "mini-penis" since they believe the clit is the part of a growing fetus that becomes a penis when a baby ends up being male. Another fact that may surprise you: The average woman releases about one-quarter to one-half a teaspoon of normal discharge every eight hours. That may sound unappealing, but the vagina is one of only two self-cleaning organs-the the other being the eyes.There you have it: Five surprising facts about your (or her!) sacred spots!More »
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Looking to spice things up? Check out these facts about male anatomy to help you along.
Transcript: Think you know everything there is to know about the penis? Think again! No matter your gender, you'll...
Think you know everything there is to know about the penis? Think again! No matter your gender, you'll be surprised to hear these five shocking facts about the male genitals! There are two types of penises, one which expands and lengthens when it becomes erect, and one which doesn't change much in size during erection. Surveys say that 79 percent of men have the former type, while 21 percent have members that remain more or less the same size at all times. Interestingly, smoking can actually shorten your penis by as much as a centimeter! That's because a hard penis requires great blood-flow, and cigarettes stifle that circulation. No matter the size of the member, however, the average male orgasm lasts six seconds. Meanwhile, the average intercourse session lasts just three to seven minutes. There you go: five things you didn't know about your (or his!) magnificent member.More »
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Even if you think you're an expert on male anatomy, there are probably still a few things you don’t know. Check out this video for all the facts you didn’t know about his genitals.
Transcript: Even if you're a penis expert, there are at least five things you don't know about his member! Here's...
Even if you're a penis expert, there are at least five things you don't know about his member! Here's a wacky fact for you: Although it's likely that all men have tried it, only one man in 400 is flexible enough to give himself oral pleasure. But no matter how you do it, it's important to be careful during those masturbation sessions! The most common cause of penile rupture is masturbation. Fact three: You don't need a brain to ejaculate! That order comes directly from the spinal cord. What about reproduction? Turns out that better-looking men have better swimming sperm. The proof comes from a study that showed that men rated "most handsome" by women produced the strongest sperm. In addition, the longer the penis, the better "semen displacement" - that's babies made - when having sex. Who knew the penis was so full of strange secrets? If you want to learn more of them, check out other videos in this series!More »
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The prostate--you know its name but you might not know its function. Learn more about the prostate and what it's good for by watching this video.
Transcript: Just like all men have penises, all men have prostates, but most are more acquainted with the former!...
Just like all men have penises, all men have prostates, but most are more acquainted with the former! The prostate is a walnut-sized organ which can be both a pleasure center and a place where cancer can reside. The prostate is located between the bladder and the penis in the front of the rectum. The urethra, which carries urine from the bladder through the penis, passes through the prostate's center. The nerves that control erection are attached to both sides of the prostate, as they extend to the penis. The prostate produces seminal fluid, which nourishes and "carries" sperm. Male ejaculate, or semen, is a mixture of this seminal fluid and sperm. The prostate is surrounded by sensitive nerves, which is why some men enjoy anal play. The organ is also the location where prostate cancer, one of the most common forms of the disease, shows up. So, particularly if you're a male over 40, get your prostate checked annually-it can only do you good!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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The vagina can seem complicated to navigate. Watch this video for a detailed guide to the vagina.
Transcript: "We tend to refer to a woman's entire genital area as the vagina, but female genitals are composed of...
"We tend to refer to a woman's entire genital area as the vagina, but female genitals are composed of many different parts which work together. The part of the vagina you can actually see is called the vulva, an umbrella term for several "external" parts which keep bad bacteria out and allow sperm in. The labia majora, or outer lips, are a layer of skin and fat that keeps sex comfortable. The labia minora, or inner lips, guard the interior of the vagina. Some women's labia minora actually extend past their labia majora, and this is normal and completely fine. Inside the labia minora are both the vagina-the canal through which a penis enters and a baby exits-and the urethra. The urethra is a tube that leads from the bladder to carry urine. Right behind it, along the inside of the front wall of the vagina, is the enigmatic G-spot, a dime-sized bulb of tissue that can lead to a powerful orgasm. Located on top of the vaginal opening is the clitoris, another orgasm-inducer, whose sole job is pleasure! It's little wonder, since the clit is composed of the same erectile tissue as the penis. The part of the clitoris that is visible, the glans, is covered by a small hood. A woman's cervix-the opening that leads to the uterus-lies directly north of the vagina. Eggs, which are made in two ovaries, travel to the uterus by way of oviducts which are connected to the ovaries. No wonder the vagina can seem so complicated to navigate!More »
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Do women masturbate? Is masturbation healthy for women? Get all the facts on women and masturbation, once and for all.
Transcript: "The percentage of females who masturbate may be larger than you think. Up to 81 percent of women say...
"The percentage of females who masturbate may be larger than you think. Up to 81 percent of women say they masturbate! While the majority of women stimulate themselves solo, more than 50 percent admit to feeling guilty about it. Here, we'll debunk the myths surrounding masturbation. It was once thought that men "had" to masturbate, while women had no such need. Despite being untrue, many such negative ideas about female masturbation stuck. Interestingly, masturbation provides a host of health benefits for women. A recent study noted that masturbation is a natural sleep aid for many women. In addition, solo sex can often provide pain relief from menstrual cramps and sore joints. But perhaps the best reason for women to masturbate is simply that it leads to self-discovery. Because female orgasm is not as automatic as male orgasm, masturbation can help a woman learn about what works for her. Solo sex is nothing to be ashamed of! So why not schedule a session today?More »
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When it comes to a woman's orgasms there are many ways to tell if she is faking it. Follow along with this video to learn more.
Transcript: Seventy percent of women admit to doing it, it's a fake orgasm and it could be happening in YOUR bed....
Seventy percent of women admit to doing it, it's a fake orgasm and it could be happening in YOUR bed. Here's how to tell. Meg Ryan did a killer fake-O in When Harry Met Sally, but Billy Crystal wasn't looking for the signs. The biggest one? Vaginal muscle spasms. During an orgasm, she will experience about three to ten muscle spasms, which you should feel gripping your penis. Or look in her eyes. Women experience dilated pupils when they cum. During oral sex, you'll be able to gauge her climax (or lack thereof) based on how her genitals look. Right before orgasm, a woman's clitoral hood will retract this is the "don't stop" point. In addition, her vaginal lips will swell and redden when she's about to cum. Don't overlook the obvious hints! If she's having a great time, she'll experience increased heart rate and breathing, plus lots of sexy sweat.More »
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Want to get the fireworks going in the bedroom? Then get the clitoris in on the action! For tips on how to stimulate this particular lady part, watch this video.
Transcript: The clitoris is between the top of the inner vaginal lips, or inner labia. The inner labia also serve...
The clitoris is between the top of the inner vaginal lips, or inner labia. The inner labia also serve as a hood to protect the clitoris in much the same manner that foreskin covers the penis. Pull the hood back, and you can see that the clitoris is about the size of a pencil eraser. Rich with responsive nerves, the clitoris becomes erectjust as a penis doeswhen a woman is aroused. Most women like constant, repetitive clitoral stimulation. But rubbing the clitoris directly is often too intense! Try moving your fingers over the hood in a circular fashion, or, if youre using oral stimulation, long, slow licks with the flat part of your tongue. Gentle suction can also have excellent results. If you really want to get creative, try tracing the letters of the alphabet with either fingers or tongue. Finding the right area of contact and amount of pressure might take some time, but if youre trying to turn candlelight into fireworks, its well worth it.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-28 | Tags »
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Sex can become amazing for you and your partner if you have more endurance and strength - and practice makes perfect! So watch this video to learn about training for better sex.
Transcript: Sex really is an athletic event - and some people are better at it than others. Just like any other athletic...
Sex really is an athletic event - and some people are better at it than others. Just like any other athletic event, getting good at sex requires a bit of preparation and training. Coach Kendra is going to show you a number of exercises you can do to become world-class at this event. Sex is always fun. But sex with someone who is really good at it can be amazing. Ready to be amazing? I'm going to show you the exercises that will get your body in shape for incredible sex. There are three things you'll need to be great at this - power, agility, and endurance. Let's start with power. Kegels are the best exercise to help you build sexual power, and they can be done by both men and women. The first step is to isolate the right muscle. The next time you are in the bathroom, try stopping and starting the flow of urine. The muscles you are contracting are the ones you need to focus on. For women, strengthening these muscles gives you the abilty to contract more tightly. For men, strengthening these muscles can give you increased stamina, allowing you to maintain your erection for a longer time before you have an orgasm. This gives you a greater ability to satisfy your lover as well as the capability to ejaculate more powerfully which means a more intense orgasm for you. As a side note it also enables you to shoot further, "if you have any use for that." To strengthen these muscles, simply tighten and relax them over and over, about 200 times a day. This exercise is known as the basic kegel. When this exercise starts to get easy, there are more difficult variations, like elevator kegels, where you tighten slowly, pausing and holding at intervals along the way, like an elevator stopping on several floors. As these muscles strengthen, you'll gain endurance as well, much like a professional runner who can run faster on stronger legs. Men can actually train with an advanced form of kegel exercise and learn how to do something normally considered a uniquely female skill - have multiple orgasms. When a man can regularly lift up his testicles with a kegel, he can add resistance by draping a towel over the shaft of his erect penis and lifting slowly up and down. Eventually, this exercise may allow a man to orgasm without ejaculation and to reach multiple climaxes. Strong abdominal muscles build a powerful core-it's your core muscles that allow for you to be a more precise and skillful lover. Building your stomach muscles helps you gain control over your movements, giving you great agility, but also to increase strength and endurance. Here are some ab exercises that will get your body in shape and give you great game in bed. There is one more exercise that can really help if you want to become an incredible lover. Sex is about more than just core strength - you don't want the rest of your body letting you down at the wrong time. I'm going to show you a quick exercise to help build up the muscles you'll use most when you are in traditional sexual positions. These exercises will help you get into the best sexual shape of your life. But remember, excellence isn't just about training; it's also about putting that training into action. So make sure you're putting your new skills to good use. And remember, if you don't see an immediate improvement, well, practice makes perfect...More »
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One in three women in the United States has had a hysterectomy by age 60, but unfortunately, many may have been unnecessary. Learn the specific cases when a hysterectomy is the best treatment option so you can make an informed decision.
Transcript: Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary...
Surgery isnt your only option for treating uterine prolapse. A removable support gadget called a pessary can be worn inside the vagina to hold the prolapse in place. Uterine prolapse occurs when the cervix and uterus fall from their correct position above the vagina into the vaginal canal. Should the uterus drop far enough, it may be possible to even SEE the cervix, which looks like a small pink donut. A pessary is sort of like a brace or wrap you would wear for wobbly knee ligaments. It simply boosts your uterus back up and holds it there. Women have used them since biblical times, when they were made of smooth stone and potatoes. Thankfully, todays models are made of comfortable latex, plastic, or silicone. Pessaries are ideal for women with prolapse who are in between babies or when a woman simply doesnt have the time, money, or good health that surgery requires. If your doctor decides a pessary is right for you, shell fit you right in her office. The best model is the one that you can insert and remove on your own, and it doesnt move around during any activity. Ring plate pessaries, the most common option, are 80% effective for treating mild and moderate cases of uterine prolapse. The ring pessary is inserted just like a diaphragm, where it rests on the Kegel muscle walls. If a womans Kegel muscle walls are weak, however, she may have a hard time keeping the pessary in place. Luckily, there are other options, like the Gelhorn, a stemmed device, the balloon, which can be inflated and deflated, and the Colpexin, which looks like a lollypop on a string. Colpexin is a newer model which gently exercises the Kegel muscles WHILE holding the prolapse in place. In fact, 63% of women who used this model had stronger vaginal muscles at the end of a 16-week trial! Whichever pessary you use, remember to clean it per your doctors instructions, and have it replaced if its cracked, pitted, or unpleasant smelling after washing.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-02 | Tags »
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