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Sagittal section of the lower part of a female trunk, right segment. SM. INT. Small intestine.
The fornices of the vagina (sing. fornix of the vagina or fornix vaginae) are the superior portions of the vagina, extending into the recesses created by the vaginal portion of cervix. The word "fornix" is Latin for "arch".
There are two named fornices:
- The posterior fornix is the larger recess, behind the cervix. It is close to the recto-uterine pouch.
- There are three smaller recesses in front and at the sides:
- the anterior fornix is close to the vesico-uterine pouch.
- the two lateral fornices.
Society and culture
Some women receive enjoyment from stimulation of the fornices, while other women say that their fornices cannot be stimulated without stimulation of the cervix, which may be painful.
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- MedEd at Loyola Grossanatomy/dissector/practical/pelvis/pelvis14.html
- Anatomy photo:43:10-0201 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center — "The Female Pelvis: The Vagina"
- Histology image: 19401loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University — "Female Reproductive System: cervix, longitudinal"
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