Pudendal cleft

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Pudendal cleft
Pudendal Cleft Diagram.jpg
Anterior view of human female pelvis, pubic hair removed, revealing the cleft of Venus
Latin rima pudendi
Gray's p.1265
TA A09.2.01.006
FMA FMA:19995
Anatomical terminology

The pudendal cleft (also called the cleft of Venus, pudendal fissure, pudendal cleavage, pudendal slit, urogenital cleft, vulvar slit, rima vulvae, or rima pudendi[1]) is a part of the vulva, the furrow at the base of the mons pubis where it divides to form the labia majora. The name cleft of Venus is a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus.

In human females, the clitoral hood and labia minora protrude into the pudendal cleft to a greater or lesser extent. Given this diversity and the frequent portrayal of the pudendal cleft without protrusion in art and pornography, there has been a rise in the popularity of labiaplasty, surgery to alter the labia.[2]

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  1. ^ Gould, George M. (1936). Brownslow, C. V, ed. Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary (10th ed.). P. Blakinston's Son & C., Inc. 
  2. ^ Labiaplasty surgery increase blamed on pornography | Life and style | The Observer