Suspensory ligament of clitoris
|Suspensory ligament of clitoris|
|Latin||Ligamentum suspensorium clitoridis|
The suspensory ligament of the clitoris is a fibrous band at the deep fascial level that extends from the pubic symphysis to the deep fascia of the clitoris, anchoring the clitoris to the pubic symphysis. By virtue of this connection, the pubic symphysis supports the clitoris.
The suspensory ligament of clitoris consistently displayed two components: a superficial fibro-fatty structure extending from a broad base within the mons pubis to converge on the body of the clitoris and extending into the labia majora: in addition there is a deep component with a narrow origin on the symphysis pubis extending to the body and the bulbs of the clitoris.
Its form and position differs from those of the suspensory ligament of the penis. During sexual arousal, the ligament shortens and swells. This pulls the clitoral shaft in such a way that the clitoral glans appears to retract beneath the clitoral hood.
- Lathrop Stedman, Thomas, ed. (2006). "Suspensory ligament of clitoris". Stedman's Medical Dictionary (28th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN 978-0781764506. OCLC 61162300. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
- Rees, MA; O'Connell, HE; Plenter, RJ; Hutson, JM (2000). "The suspensory ligament of the clitoris: connective tissue supports of the erectile tissues of the female urogenital region". Clin Anat. 13: 397–403. doi:10.1002/1098-2353(2000)13:6<397::AID-CA1>3.0.CO;2-2. PMID 11111889.