This richly illustrated eChapter provides an overview of the anatomy, histology and microbiology of the female genital tract. Including sections on embryology, illustrated anatomy, histology, and the non-epithelial cells and hormone receptors of the vulva, the eChapter serves as an excellent primer or reference for both those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the female genital region, and those wishing to explore the other eChapters of the Vulva and Vaginal Manual.
The author begins by reviewing the embryonic development of the gonads, genital tract and the indifferent and definitive female external genitalia. This is followed by a detailed description of the anatomy of the vulva, and, using a clearly marked illustration, the location and appearance of the main anatomical features of the Vulva are described, including the clitoris, labia minora and majora, vestibule, hymen, urethral meatus, fossa navicularis and much, much more. The subsequent section also employs several colour photographs to aid description of the different histological regions of the vulva, including:
- The hair bearing skin of the outer aspect of the labia majora, mons and perineum
- The hairless skin of the labia majora, labia minora, prepuce and frenulum of the clitoris and fourchette
- The vestibule
- The clitoris
- Mucous glands
Following this, the author provides an extended review of the non-epithelial cells and hormone receptors of the vulva, which include lymphocytes, Langerhan’s cells, melanocytes, Merkel and Toker cells, and concludes the section with a brief description of vaginal histology. The eChapter concludes with a section on vaginal ecology, listing the resident microscopic flora of the healthy vagina.
This eChapter forms part of the Ausmed publication The Vulva and Vaginal Manual, edited by Graeme Dennerstein, James Scurry, John Brenan, David Allen and Maria-Grazia Marin. A richly illustrated and comprehensive guide to the identification and treatment of over 275 vulvovaginal diseases The Vulva and Vaginal Manual is an invaluable resource especially suitable for:
- General Practitioners
- General nurses
- Practice nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Detailed descriptions of the embryonic development of the gonads, genital tracts, urinary tract and external genitalia
- Illustrated anatomy of the vulva
- The six histological regions of the vulva
- Detailed explanation of the hormonal receptors of the vulva
- Normal commensal flora of the vagina.