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Chapter 3 Learning Objectives

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1. Review the anatomy of the human female external genitalia, including the clitoris, and include a functional description of the secretory, muscular, and erectile components of this system.


Textbook Reference: A Woman’s Vulva Includes Her Mons, Labia, Vaginal Opening, and Clitoris, pp. 59–67


2. Describe and discuss the many types of female genital cutting/surgery seen both within the United States and globally, noting its significance to the individual, whether the procedure is voluntary or involuntary, social expectations, and public policy.


Textbook Reference: A Woman’s Vulva Includes Her Mons, Labia, Vaginal Opening, and Clitoris, pp. 59–67


3. Review the structure and function of the human female internal reproductive tract. Discuss the bacterial microclimate of the vagina.


Textbook Reference: The Vagina Is the Outermost Portion of the Female Reproductive Tract, pp. 67–69


4. Describe the existence, location, and characteristics of the G-spot and controversy regarding this structure.


Textbook Reference: The Vagina Is the Outermost Portion of the Female Reproductive Tract, pp. 67–69


5. Review the structure and musculature of the anus and describe why this structure can be considered as a sex organ.


Textbook Reference: The Anus Can Also Be a Sex Organ, pp. 69–70


6. Review the structure of the uterus. What is meant by the claim that this structure serves a “double duty”? Include in your answer a brief discussion of the most common noncancerous uterine disorders along with a brief summary of the controversy surrounding the hysterectomy procedure.


Textbook Reference: The Uterus Serves a Double Duty, pp. 70–74


7. Summarize the symptoms, location, and known risk factors associated with the reproductive cancers (uterine/endometrial, ovarian, and cervical).


Textbook Reference: The Uterus Serves a Double Duty, pp. 70–74; The Ovaries Produce Ova and Sex Hormones, pp. 76–77


8. Outline the primary functions of the ovaries and oviducts.


Textbook Reference: The Oviducts Are the Site of Fertilization; The Ovaries Produce Ova and Sex Hormones, pp. 76–77


9. Review the structure and function of the breasts.


Textbook Reference: The Breasts Have Both Erotic and Reproductive Significance, pp. 77–84


10. Describe the known risk factors associated with breast cancer.


Textbook Reference: The Breasts Have Both Erotic and Reproductive Significance, pp. 77–84


11. Explain the treatments available for breast cancer patients.


Textbook Reference: The Breasts Have Both Erotic and Reproductive Significance, pp. 77–84


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