the female reproductive system

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A pear shpaed organ the size of a clenched fist. it has very muscular walls and enlarges during pregnancy. It weighs approximatley 30g normally and in a pregnant woman, approximatly 1kg at the time of brith.

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Lining of the uterus (Endometrium)

Each month this comes away during menstruation (period) if a fertilized ovum (egg)has not been implanted in it.

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Fallopian tube (Oviduct or egg tube)

This links the ovaries with th uterus. Fertilization takes place here after the sperm and the egg join.

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This catches the ova when it has been released and wafts it into the fallopian tube.

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Ova (eggs) are produced and once a month are released, usually from one ovary only, though sometimes from birth. This is called ovulation. Ovaries help control the levels of female sex hormones OESTROGEN and PROGESTRONE in the body are responsible for the onset of puberty (at sometimes between 10 and 14 years)

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This is 10-12cm long and leads from the outside of the body to the cervix. Sperm deposited at the top of the vagina during intercourse.

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