The fornices of the vagina (sing. fornix of the vagina or fornix vaginae) are the superior portions of the vagina, extending into the recesses created by the vaginal portion of cervix. The word "fornix" is Latin for "arch".
Sagittal section of the lower part of a female trunk, right segment. SM. INT. Small intestine.
There are two named fornices:
During sexual intercourse in the missionary position, the tip of the penis reaches the anterior fornix, while in the rear-entry position it reaches the posterior fornix.
The fornices appear to be close to one reported erogenous zone, the cul-de-sac, which is near the posterior fornix.
- Anterior fornix erogenous zone
- Faix, A.; Lapray, J. F.; Callede, O.; Maubon, A.; Lanfrey, K. (15 February 2002). "Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Sexual Intercourse: Second Experience in Missionary Position and Initial Experience in Posterior Position". Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 28 (sup1): 63–76. doi:10.1080/00926230252851203. PMID 11898711.
- MedEd at Loyola Grossanatomy/dissector/practical/pelvis/pelvis14.html
- Anatomy photo:43:10-0201 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center — "The Female Pelvis: The Vagina"
- Histology image: 19401loa – Histology Learning System at Boston University — "Female Reproductive System: cervix, longitudinal"
- figures/chapter_35/35-2.HTM: Basic Human Anatomy at Dartmouth Medical School