What is the female reproductive system?
The female reproductive system is a group of organs that work together to enable reproduction, pregnancy, and childbirth. It also produces female sex hormones, including estrogen and progesterone.
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The system consists of organs and tissues inside the body and some that are visible outside the body. The internal organs include:
Another organ, the clitoris, extends both inside and outside the body. The external area surrounding the vagina is the vulva.
Not everyone who is assigned female at birth has all of these organs. Sometimes, people are born without some parts or with a mixture of female and male characteristics. This is known as intersex.
Some people also undergo procedures to remove some parts of the reproductive system. Some of these procedures take place for medical reasons, while others are the result of harmful cultural practices, such as female genital mutilation.