Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Post Partum Vaginal Bleeding Anatomy

To better understand vaginal bleeding after delivery, it helps to understand the anatomy of the uterus, cervix, and Fallopian tubes.

Female Reproductive Anatomy

  • The uterus, cervix, and vaginal canal
  • The bladder
  • The fallopian tubes:
    • These paired structures connect each ovary to the uterus
  • The ovaries:
    • One on each side of the uterus. A normal adult ovary is about the size of an unshelled almond
  • Female organs during a pelvic examination

The fetus grows within the amniotic save within the uterus:
  • The fetus within the amniotic sac
  • The near term fetus within the uterus

Last Updated: Nov 4, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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