Journal article

THE ANATOMY OF THE FEMALE GUBERNACULUM IS DIFFERENT FROM THE MALE

AA ATTAH, JM HUTSON

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF SURGERY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1991

Abstract

The round ligament, or female gubernaculum, is believed to terminate in the labium majorum. In the 30-week old male foetus, however, the gubernaculum ends outside the external ring, later migrating into the scrotum under androgenic control. We studied the round ligament anatomy in the female to define its position and to see whether it reaches the labium. Post-mortem examination of 10 females (0-11 years), dying of non-genital disorders defined the anatomy of the round ligament by dissection and photography. The round ligament ended just outside the external ring in all females, with neither attachment, nor extension, to the caudal labium. A short processus vaginalis (canal of Nuck) was foun..

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