Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bacterial Vaginitis Anatomy

To better understand bacterial vaginitis, it helps to understand the anatomy of the vagina.

The vagina is a short, muscular tube that connects the external genitalia to the cervix and uterus. The external genitalia include the vulva (labia) and clitoris.

Female anatomy:

  • Female reproductive organs
  • Female external genitalia

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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