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Cleft of venus
Anterior view of female pelvis, pubic hair shaved, indicating cleft of venus
Latin rima pudendi
Gray's subject #270 1265
Dorlands/Elsevier r_14/12711774

The cleft of venus (pudendal cleft, pudendal fissure) is the furrow at the base of the mons veneris where it divides to form the labia majora. In some female humans, the clitoral hood and labia minora protrude through the cleft of venus, in others they do not. When tight clothes are worn, the fabric of the tight garment may be pulled into the cleft (often because of a central seam, as in jeans), resulting in a situation best known as the cameltoe, "beetle bonnet" or "moose knuckle" in slang terms. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Pubic hair is hair in the frontal genital area, the crotch, and sometimes at the top of the inside of the legs; these areas form the pubic region. ... For other uses, see Latins and Latin (disambiguation). ... Elseviers logo. ... In human anatomy, the mons veneris (Latin, mound of Venus), is the soft mound of flesh just over the vulva in females (more generally in mammals it is called the mons pubis), raised above the surrounding area due to a pad of fat lying just beneath it. ... Parts of a vulva The external genital organs of the female are collectively known as the vulva (also sometimes called the pudenda). ... For other uses, see Female (disambiguation). ... In a female human anatomy, the clitoral hood, (also called preputium clitoridis and clitoral prepuce), is a fold of skin that surrounds and protects the clitoral glans. ... The labia minora (singular: labium minus) or nymphae[1] are two longitudinal cutaneous folds, that normally vary widely in size from woman to woman. ... Cameltoe caused by tight fitting bikini A camels toes Cameltoe is a slang term that refers to the outline of a womans vulva when seen through tight, form-fitting clothes. ...



The name is a reference to the Roman goddess of love, Venus. A head of Minerva found in the ruins of the Roman baths in Bath Roman mythology, the mythological beliefs of the people of Ancient Rome, can be considered as having two parts. ... The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli c. ...

Attitudes and appearances

As with many aspects of human sexuality, perspectives on the cleft of venus and its appearance have varied extensively. In Western cultures, it has often been socially encouraged for women to remove body hair. In present times, for aesthetic and hygienic reasons, public hair removal has become strongly encouraged as well. [1]

How the cleft of venus appears can vary considerably from person to person. The cleft of venus can be -- in certain cases -- not visible or otherwise obscured. Its appearance can be affected by different factors. The presence of pubic hair can obscure the cleft of venus. Body art or genital piercings can also affect its visibility. [2] In some persons, certain organs like the clitoral hood or the labia minora can protrude through the cleft of venus thereby restricting its visibility as well. In such instances, labiaplasty surgery is sometimes considered. Spreading apart the legs, which can "draw in" the labia majora, can also cause the cleft of venus to no longer be visible. Labiaplasty (sometimes spelled labioplasty) is plastic surgery of the Labia majora and/or the Labia minora, the external folds of the vulva. ...


  1. ^ Aspatore Publications, Inside the Minds: The Art & Science of Plastic Surgery (New York: Aspatore, 2004), p. 84.
  2. ^ Foss, Krista. "Women for hot new cosmetic surgery." Toronto Globe & Mail 1998 November 10.

See also

The vagina, (from Latin, literally sheath or scabbard ) is the tubular tract leading from the uterus to the exterior of the body in female placental mammals and marsupials, or to the cloaca in female birds, monotremes, and some reptiles. ... The Bartholins glands (also called Bartholin glands or greater vestibular glands) are two glands located slightly below and to the left and right of the opening of the vagina in women. ... Bartholins ducts are a pair of ducts leading from the Bartholins glands to the surface of the vulva. ... In human anatomy, the Skenes glands (also known as the lesser vestibular, periurethral glands, or paraurethral glands[1]) are glands located on the upper wall of the vagina, around the lower end of the urethra. ... The Skenes ducts are a pair of ducts leading from the Skenes glands to the surface of the vulva, to the left and right of the urethral opening. ... Between the hymen and the frenulum of the labia is the fossa of vestibule of vagina (or fossa navicularis), while in the groove between the hymen and the labium minus, on either side, the small opening of the greater vestibular gland (Bartholin’s) can be seen. ... The fornices of the vagina are the deepest portions of the vagina, extending into the recesses created by the extension of the cervix into the vaginal space. ... For the Greek god of marriage, see Hymenaios. ... The vaginal orifice is a median slit below and behind the opening of the urethra; its size varies inversely with that of the hymen. ... The Wolffian duct (also known as archinephric duct, Leydigs duct, mesonephric duct, or nephric duct) is a paired organ found in mammals including humans during embryogenesis. ... Gartners duct is a potential embryological remnant in human female development of the mesonephric ducts. ... The epoophoron , also called organ of Rosenmüller, is a remnant of the Wolffian duct that can be found next to the ovary and fallopian tube. ... The paroöphoron consists of a few scattered rudimentary tubules, best seen in the child, situated in the broad ligament between the epoöphoron and the uterus. ... The Canal of Nuck, described by Anton Nuck in 1691, is an abnormal patent pouch of peritoneum extending into the labium major of women. ... ... Female internal reproductive anatomy The urethral sponge is a spongy cushion of tissue, found in the lower genital area of women, that sits against both the pubic bone and vaginal wall, and surrounds the urethra. ...



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