Pudendal cleft

Pudendal cleft Definition

It refers to a section of the vulva or a crease at the basal point of the mons pubis where it divides and forms the labia majora. The Pudendal cleft is actually the name given to the fissure between the labia majora.

Pudendal cleft Synonyms

This furrow is referred to by a host of other names, such as:

  • Pudendal cleavage
  • Pudendal slit
  • Pudendal fissure
  • Rima vulvae
  • Rima pudenda
  • Urogenital cleft
  • Vulvar slit
  • Cleft of Venus

The last of these names is an obvious reference to Venus, the Roman goddess of love.

Pudendal cleft Appearance

While the labia minora and the clitoral hood protrude through this furrow in some females, they do not in others. They are sometimes outwardly visible when a woman wears too tight clothes, such as very tight-fitting jeans. The middle seam of a pair of tight jeans can sit tightly over the cleft and make it visible.

Even in the absence of clothes, the cleft can remain hidden due to pubic hair. Genital piercings or body art may also serve to hide it. In some women, projection of the labia minora or the clitoral hood through the furrow can restrict its visibility. An operative procedure known as labiaplasty surgery may be considered in such cases, although it is not really necessary.

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pudendal_cleft

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/pudendal+cleft

http://vulvapedia.blogspot.in/2009/08/pudendal-cleft.html

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