Supravaginal portion of cervix

The supravaginal portion of the cervix (also known as the uterine portion of the cervix) is separated in front from the bladder by fibrous tissue (parametrium), which extends also on to its sides and lateralward between the layers of the broad ligaments.

Supravaginal portion of cervix
  1. Round ligament
  2. Uterus
  3. Uterine cavity
  4. Intestinal surface of uterus
  5. Versical surface (toward bladder)
  6. Fundus of uterus
  7. Body of uterus
  8. Palmate folds of cervical canal
  9. Cervical canal
  10. Posterior lip
  11. Cervical os (external)
  12. Isthmus of uterus
  13. Supravaginal portion of cervix
  14. Vaginal portion of cervix
  15. Anterior lip
  16. Cervix
Posterior half of uterus and upper part of vagina (supravaginal portion of cervix visible but not labeled)
LatinPortio supravaginalis cervicis
Anatomical terminology

The uterine arteries reach the margins of the cervix in this fibrous tissue, while on either side the ureter runs downward and forward in it at a distance of about 2 cm. from the cervix.

Posteriorly, the supravaginal cervix is covered by peritoneum, which is prolonged below on to the posterior vaginal wall, when it is reflected on to the rectum, forming the recto-uterine pouch.

It is in relation with the rectum, from which it may be separated by coils of small intestine.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1259 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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