Hesperian Health Guides
A Woman's Reproductive System
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A woman has sexual parts both outside and inside her body. They are called the reproductive organs, or genitals. The outside parts are called the vulva. Sometimes people may use the word vagina for the whole area. But the vagina is the part that begins as an opening in the vulva and leads inside to the womb. The vagina is sometimes called the ‘birth canal’.
Breasts come in all shapes and sizes. They start to grow when a girl is between 10 and 15 years old, when she changes from a girl to a woman (puberty). They make milk for babies after pregnancy. When they are touched during sexual relations, a woman’s body responds by making her vagina wet and ready for sex.
Inside the breasts: