The reproductive years are unique in every sense of the word. This is the time in your life when changes happen to your body both physically and physiologically. This section of the BINTO knowledge center holds critical information on your reproductive health.
Female role: Females produce the eggs and gestate and birth the babies.
Male role: Males produce the sperm to fertilize the eggs, providing half of the infant’s DNA.
Decoding the Female Reproductive System
Many people refer to the general pubic area as the vagina, but it’s more complex than that. This area of your body contains the female reproductive system, including the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, ovaries and Fallopian tubes.
The female organs have an outside and an inside. The outside of the pubic area is made up of the vulva, which includes the labia majora and minora.
The vagina is inside the pubic area. It’s the muscular tract of a female’s genitalia that starts at the vulva and ends at the cervix.
The cervix is a mucus membrane that connects the vaginal canal to the uterus. The cervical mucus is the mucus discharge that changes during and throughout the female reproductive cycle due to changes in hormonal levels.
The uterus is the organ that accommodates a developing fetus. When there’s no fetus, the uterus sheds its lining as menstrual blood each month.
The two ovaries located on either side of the uterus produce eggs and hormones.
The Fallopian tubes attach the ovaries to the uterus and are the pathway for the eggs.
Vaginal health is important to every woman’s general well-being and shouldn’t be neglected. You need to care for this area, whether you are sexually active or not.
Why do I have vaginal discharge?
Vaginal discharge is normal and results from hormones and healthy bacteria in your vagina. You should only be concerned about discharge if it has an odor or causes itching or burning, which may be caused by an infection.
What do I need to know about yeast infections?
Just as not all vaginal discharge is an infection, not all infections are yeast infections. If you experience an odorous discharge or burning and itching, you should see your gynecologist. Only proper diagnosis and treatment will clear up the infection.
What helps to keep my female organs healthy?
The health of your reproductive system benefits from your wholesome lifestyle choices, including a nutritious diet, exercise and abstaining from smoking. The use of condoms helps protect you from STDs. Regular visits to your gynecologist ensure that your female organs are in good condition and that any problems are caught early.