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vigorous exercise, such as jumping rope, etc. And, as has before been
said, in some cases infant girls are born without even a trace of the
Hymen. Under the circumstances, it is seen that the presence or absence
of the Hymen is far from being an infallible proof of the presence or
absence of virginity, and the belief in the same is now regarded as
almost a superstition of the past.
THE INTERNAL SEX ORGANS OF THE WOMAN.
The internal sex organs of the woman are as follows: The Vagina; the
Uterus and its appendages; the Fallopian Tubes; the Ovaries, and their
ligaments, and the round ligaments.
THE VAGINA is the canal or channel leading from the Vaginal Orifice to
the Uterus or womb. It is situated in front of the rectum, and behind
the bladder. In length, it averages from three to five inches; and it
curves upward and backward, reaching to the lower part of the neck of
the womb, or Uterus, which part of the neck is enclosed by it. It is a
strong fibro-muscular structure, lined with mucous membrane; and is not
smooth inside, but is arranged in inner folds or rings which are capable
of great extension.
On either side of the Vagina, near the outer orifice, are two small
glands, about the size of a pea, which secrete a peculiar fluid, and
which are known as the Glands of Bartholine. The office of the Vagina is
that of a complementary to the male organ during the copulative process;
to also sustain the weight of the Uterus; to also afford a passage for
the infant at the time of its birth; and also to serve as a passage for
the menstrual fluid.
THE UTERUS, or Womb, is the internal sex organ of the woman which serves
to hold the fertilized ovum, or egg, from the time of impregnation,
during the period of pregnancy during which the ovum develops into the
young child, and until the time of the delivery of the child.
The Uterus is a hollow pear-shaped muscular organ, about three inches in
length, nearly an inch thick, and about two inches broad across its
upper part, or FUNDUS; the lower part, or CERVIX, being much narrower.
The CERVIX, or "neck" of the womb, projects into the Vagina, forming the
"os uteri," or "mouth of the womb," at that point. The Uterus is
composed chiefly of a muscular coat, its walls consisting of strong
muscular fibres which contract independently of the will, as do similar
muscles in the stomach and bladder. These muscular walls are capable of
enormous distention during pregnancy. The muscles of the healthy womb
are capable of a tremendous pressure and resistance, and are capable of
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