Anterior view of human female pelvis, pubic hair removed, revealing the pudendal cleft
The pudendal cleft (also called the cleft of Venus, pudendal fissure, pudendal cleavage, pudendal slit, urogenital cleft, vulvar slit, rima vulvae, or rima pudendi) is a part of the vulva, the furrow at the base of the mons pubis where it divides to form the labia majora. Simply put, it is the opening between 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.
- Gould, George M. (1936). Brownslow, C. V, ed. Gould's Pocket Pronouncing Medical Dictionary (10th ed.). P. Blakinston's Son & C., Inc.
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