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What Is the Mons Pubis?

The mons pubis protects the pubic bone during intercourse.
The mons pubis is more pronounced in women than in men.
The mons pubis is the fleshy covering over the joint of cartilage that connects the right and left pubic bones.
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The mons pubis is the rounded fleshy covering over the pubic symphysis, the joint of cartilage that unites the right and left pubic bones. Its appearance varies, generally in relation to the overall proportion of body fat, and is more pronounced in women than in men. Also referred to as mons, mons veneris, and the pubic mound, it cushions and protects the pubic bone, especially during intercourse. The term is derived from the Latin for "pubic mound," and is not gender-specific; by contrast, mons veneris translates from the Latin as "mound of Venus" or "mound of love," which is a far more feminine and evocative term. A colloquial term for this part of the female anatomy is "fanny hill," a punning allusion to "fanny" — a British word for the female genitals — and a reference to the well-known 18th-century British pornographic novel Fanny Hill, written by John Cleland.

All of the external organs of the female reproductive system are located between the mons pubis and the perineum. When girls reach puberty, the body's estrogen production causes the area to thicken and become covered in pubic hair. Generally, its appearance varies according to a woman's age, race, heredity, and the number of children she has had. The outer labia — known as the labia majora — extends from the lower reaches of the mons pubis. The triangular formation of hair on the mons and the labia majora is called the escutcheon.

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In a pubescent male, the mons and the scrotal sac undergo these changes as well. While scientists are not certain of the purpose of pubic hair, it is thought that its function is to capture the oil secretions of the sebaceous glands located in the area. These glandular secretions contain pheromones, which are highly specific aromas that subtly communicate sexual availability and are powerful enough to prompt changes in the physiology or behavior of another member of the species.

This area of the body has not escaped the attention of cosmetic surgeons. One procedure, called the pubic lift, is known as a mons pubis rejuvenation. This lifting of a sagging mons is often done in conjunction with an abdominoplasty, commonly referred to as a tummy tuck. Aside from improving the appearance of the genitalia, the procedure sometimes has the added benefit of exposing the clitoris, which can lead to enhanced sexual satisfaction. Plastic surgeons will also perform liposuction on the are for patients dissatisfied with the size, shape, or appearance of this part of the genitals.

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browncoat
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@indigomoth - Vaginal rejuvenation isn't something people should do casually, in my opinion, since it is a surgery and it is being done on a very sensitive and vital part of the body.

But, that said, if someone wants to take the risk and they have the money to do so, I say, why not?

I mean, I think that people should have the freedom to do what they want. I don't think this is any different from getting a tattoo, or getting your teeth fixed up.

Sure, for some people it crosses a line, but I don't really think we should draw an arbitrary line like that.

It harms no one but possibly the person taking the risk. And the risk isn't all that much. I mean, it sounds no different from a tummy tuck and people do those in the hundreds every day without complications.

I wouldn't do it myself, but I don't judge people who do want to have it done.

indigomoth
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@croydon - You'd particularly want to get that definition right if you were planning to have the kinds of surgery described in this article!

I can't believe what things people do in order to feel like they look young.

I mean, for the most part the only person who is going to see that part of your body is presumably going to be someone who you trust enough to be sexually involved with.

If they can't just accept that you are of a certain age and with that certain age comes the effects of gravity, well, I wouldn't want to be intimate with them in the first place.

The idea of cosmetic vagina surgery just makes me shudder. It seems so extreme, particularly for an area that, as I said, is not going to be seen all that often and never (for the most part) by strangers.

croydon
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You have to be careful not to mix this up with the part of the body known as the Venus mount, or mount of Venus, which is the fleshy cushion under the thumb on your hand.

I think it might only be called the Venus mount when you're having your palm read, as the size of it is supposed to relate to your sexual appetite.

I wrote a poem a while ago where I mentioned a woman pressing her forehead to my Venus mount and when I gave it to a friend to read, she thought I was commenting on the height of the woman. In other words, she thought I meant the woman was pressing her forehead into my mound of Venus rather than my Venus mount.

I wasn't sure if I should define mons pubis for her or just let her interpretation stand!

I suppose it's understandable to confuse the two since they are virtually identical terms, but you really don't want to confuse the two areas.

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