Fistula in women - image description

The image shows examples of two types of fistula that can happen in a woman's body. The image shows a side view of a female body from the level of the belly button down to the upper thigh. The woman is facing left from the viewer's point of view. At the front of the body there is a rounded hollow organ. This is the bladder. A tube labelled urethra runs from the bottom of the bladder down to an opening between the legs. In the middle of the body there is a hollow organ with thick walls. This is the womb. A tube labelled the vagina runs from the womb to a second opening between the legs. At the back of the body there is a large tube shaped organ. This is the rectum. It narrows at the bottom to become the anus which opens between the buttocks. There image shows a tube joining the bladder to the vagina so that there is an opening between them. This abnormal opening is labelled as a fistula between the bladder and vagina. The image also shows a tube that joins the vagina to the rectum so that there is an opening between them. This abnormal opening is labelled as a fistula between the rectum and vagina.