What Does the Female Reproductive System Do?
produce eggs (ova)
have sexual intercourse
protect and nourish the fertilized egg until it is fully developed
soft tissue that covers the pubic bone and serves as a protective cushion for the reproductive organs
the opening at the end of the urethra
the urethra is a tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body
a pair of glands located near the labia minora which secrete fluid during sexual excitement
(egg tube) carries eggs from ovary to uterus
Serves as meeting place for sperm and egg
receives the penis during intercourse, receptacle for sperm, exit for menstrual blood, and passage way for the baby
what happens during a girls period?
each month bleeding occurs as the lining of the uterus is shed at the start of each cycle, afterwards, the lining thickens again to prepare for an egg to be dropped
what happens if the egg is not fertilized?
egg is not fertilizes
progesterone levels drop
this leads to menstrual bleeding and the process begins again
What is ovulation?
The mature egg is released and moves through the fallopian tube as it is available for fertilization
This occurs approximately 14 days into the cycle
During the menstrual cycle, hormones cause one egg to begin development
The union of an egg with a sperm in the fallopian tube
Sperm are capable of fertilization up to seven days after intercourse
What is menopause?
Signals the end of a woman's fertile life, results in decreased production of sex hormones
what are some symptoms of menopause?
hot flashes, insomnia, night sweats, irregular periods until stage is complete