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In healthy females, Bartholin Gland functions normally during the time of copulation. These organs secrete mucus which lubricate the vagina. These are prominently functional in women during sexual intercourse. When a woman is sexually aroused, Bartholin Glands secrete 1-2 drops of lubricating fluid into a 1 inch long duct of the vagina known as Bartholin Gland duct or Bartholin duct. This Bartholin Gland discharge makes the Labia Minora slightly moist thus making vaginal penetration in women a more comfortable process.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

It has been postulated that the Skene's glands are the source of female ejaculation . [4] Female ejaculate, which may emerge during sexual activity for some women, especially during female orgasm , has a composition somewhat similar to the fluid generated in males by the prostate gland, [5] [6] containing biochemical markers of sexual function like human urinary protein 1 [7] and the enzyme PDE5 , whereas women without the gland had lower concentrations of these proteins. [8] When examined with electron microscopy , both glands show similar secretory structures, [2] and both act similarly in terms of PSA and prostatic acid phosphatase studies. [3] [9] [10] [11] Because they are increasingly perceived as merely different versions of the same gland, some researchers are moving away from the term Skene's gland and are referring to it instead as the female prostate. [3] [12]

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