For clarification, I am refering to nerves and vasculature in the clitoris, not just leading up to it. My goal is to leverage social media support (so please clap and share) in order to get this anatomy added to OB/GYN textbooks and board exams, as direct appeals have not worked. The effect of this change would be improving female sexual medicine and protecting patients from preventable harm caused by surgeons’ ignorance of this anatomy.
The neurovascular anatomy of the clitoris has been published (as early as 1844). It also only takes scissors and a cadaver to know, as the nerves…
This textbook provides twice as much information on male external genitalia as female (even more if you consider the scrotum is covered in another chapter).
1011 words describe the penis.
103 words describe the labia minora.
145 words describe the clitoris.
Detailed anatomy of the clitoris, including internal structure, as well as the course of nerves and vessels in the clitoris, is not provided.
Keep in mind that all these same details can be covered for the clitoris, but they chose not to, due to a perception that it’s less important.
The nerves and vasculature of the clitoris are missing from this major anatomy textbook, published in 2020.
The clitoris and clitoral hood are minimized relative to other structures. The clitoral hood is 34% of the length of the vulva on average. Please show more average dimensions. The minimization of the clitoris and clitoral hood is a problem in nearly all illustrations in Thieme. Please correct.
As I’ve explained, there is a systemic omission of surgical anatomy from literature on female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS), which is indicative of surgeons operating blind. Omitting important surgical anatomy from coverage of surgical anatomy in literature on plastic surgery techniques is very unusual and indicative of an exceptionally low standard of care unique to vulvas.
This is the problem I’ve been trying to raise public awareness about, as well as solve. That is why I’ve published an anatomic study and convinced 18 textbooks to change. However, until there are training standards for female genital cosmetic surgery and until adequate…
On Medscape, 57 times as many words cover the penis as cover the clitoris.
If you are thinking there just isn’t much to cover about the clitoris, think again. Nearly everything covered about the penis can and should also be covered for the clitoris. In fact, there is a whole textbook on it (which gets ignored).
Ignorance of clitoral anatomy among physicans leads to real patient harm. I, along with many other women, have been harmed due to this gross systemic negligence.
Word count comparisons include all coverage in anatomy articles and articles on sexual function and dysfunction.
We are writing to request that your residency curriculum include detailed clitoral anatomy, including internal structure, nerves, and vasculature. Included is our study of the innervation of the clitoris to help clarify what we are referring to.
Hopefully, you have seen the study by Jackson et al., published in the AJOG last year.1 Since this was the first representation of detailed anatomy of the clitoris in OB/GYN literature, we are concerned this material may not yet be included in your residency program curriculum.
Until last year, detailed clitoral anatomy was not in OB/GYN textbooks or journals. It is now in…
An Instagram follower suggested I post clitoral anatomy here, so that it will hopefully come up in Google search results.
This is the detail always shown for the penis but rarely for the clitoris in medical literature. My goal is to empower doctors to provide safer, more informed care and to empower patients to advocate for themselves and their sexual health.
This answer is certainly more than the number of OB/GYNs who sign off on ACOG Committee Opinions, which are the most authoritative guidelines in the field.
According to the ACOG website:
“Committee Opinions are ACOG committee assessments of emerging issues in obstetric and gynecologic practice and are reviewed regularly for accuracy.”
Unfortunately, these opinions consistently contain misinformation.
I previously emailed ACOG regarding Opion 378. I appreciate that they have withdrawn this opinion (with no apology or admission of their mistakes). I also appreciate that the new opinion does not contain the previous problems I identified.
Hwoever, they have replaced it…
Getting clitoral neural anatomy included in OB/GYN textbooks. It was finally added for the first time in July 2019. BME/EE @WUSTL