Where is the pudendal?

Where is the pudendal?

The pudendal nerve is formed from the sacral plexus – a network of nerve fibres located on the posterior pelvic wall. It arises from the ventral rami (anterior divisions) of the spinal nerves S2, S3 and S4. After its formation, the pudendal nerve descends and passes between the piriformis and ischiococcygeus muscles.

What is a pudendal?

The pudendal nerve provides the majority sensations and functions of the external genitals, the urethra, the anus, and perineum. It also controls the external anal sphincter and the sphincter muscles of the bladder.

What do the pudendal nerves do?

The pudendal nerve provides motor innervation to the anal sphincters and the urethral sphincter; it also provides cutaneous sensory innervation to the perineum, the penis, the scrotum, the labia majora, and the clitoris.

What is pudendal nerve female?

Your pudendal nerve runs from your lower back, along your pelvic floor muscles, out to your perineum (the skin between your pubic bone and your tailbone). It supplies the skin between the anus and the clitoris (or a man’s penis) as well as the muscles of the urethra and the anus (see light green area below).

What is the anatomical course of the pudendal nerve?

Fig 2 – The anatomical course and branches of the pudendal nerve. The perineal nerve innervates muscles of the perineum and pelvic floor: Levator ani muscles (including the iliococcygeus, pubococcygeus and puborectalis). The nerve also innervates the external urethral sphincter.

What does pudendal neuralgia do to your body?

Pudendal neuralgia is a condition that causes pain, discomfort, or numbness in your pelvis or genitals. It happens when a major nerve in the lower body is damaged or irritated, and it can make it hard to use the bathroom, have sex, or sit down.

Is the levator ani part of the pudendal nerve?

The levator ani muscles also recieve innervation directly from the anterior ramus of the S4 nerve root The nerve also innervates the external urethral sphincter . A branch of the pudendal nerve, the inferior rectal nerve, provides motor supply to the external anal sphincter .

How did the pudendal canal get its name?

The pudendal canal is also known by the eponymous term “Alcock’s canal”, after Benjamin Alcock, an Irish anatomist who documented the canal in 1836. Alcock documented the existence of the canal and pudendal nerve in a contribution about iliac arteries in Robert Bentley Todd’s “The Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology”.