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In human anatomy or in mammals in general, the mons pubis (Latin, pubic mound), also known simply as the mons, is the soft mound of flesh present in both sexes just above the genitals, raised above the surrounding area due to a pad of fat lying just beneath it which protects the pubic bone. It is anterior to the symphysis pubis.
The size of the mons pubis varies with the general level of body fat, and is typically much more distinct in women than in men. After puberty it is normally covered with pubic hair, as may be the labia majora in females or the scrotal sac in males.
In females the mons pubis is sometimes called the mons veneris (Latin, mound of Venus). It divides into the labia majora (literally "major lips") on either side of the furrow, known as the cleft of venus, that surrounds the clitoris, vaginal opening, and other structures of the vulva. The fatty tissue of the mons veneris is sensitive to estrogen, causing a distinct mound to form with the onset of puberty. This pushes the forward portion of the labia majora out and away from the pubic bone, and parallel to the ground (when standing).
Among the colloquialisms that exist for the mons pubis is the British punning appellation, "fanny hill", where "fanny" is a Briticism for the female genitals and Fanny Hill is a famous pornographic novel by John Cleland.
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