Bartholin's gland

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Bartholin's Gland

The Bartholin's glands are two glands found slightly below and to the left and right of the opening of the vagina in women.

History[change | change source]

They were first found in the 17th century, by the Danish anatomist, Caspar Bartholin the Younger (1655-1738).

Anatomy[change | change source]

The glands secrete mucus to make sexual intercourse easier.[1][2] Bartholin's glands secrete relatively minute amounts (one or two drops) of fluid when a woman is sexually aroused.[3]

Sometimes, the Bartholin's glands become infected and can be swollen or painful.[3] This can be treated by a doctor with antibiotics.[3]

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References[change | change source]

  1. Viscera of the Urogenital Triangle, University of Arkansas Medical School Archived 18 January 2010 at WebCite
  2. Chrétien, F.C.; Berthou J. (Sept. 18, 2006). "Crystallographic investigation of the dried exudate of the major vestibular (Bartholin's) glands in women.". Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol.. PMID 16987591. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bartholin's Gland from Discovery health Archived 18 January 2010 at WebCite

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