What is the introitus?

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The opening to the vagina is called the introitus. Before puberty, it may be nearly closed. During the reproductive-age years, and especially after vaginal intercourse, the opening to the vagina is usually wide and stretchy. The stretchiness is due to elastic fibers under the skin that allow it to stretch in all directions. In addition, estrogen causes the mucus-producing glands located at the vaginal opening to secrete mucus on a regular basis, with larger amounts produced during sexual arousal.

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