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What is the function of the female reproductive system?

Produce offspring and thereby ensure continuity of the genetic code

The female reproductive organs can be classifies as what?

-Essential Organs
-Accessory Organs

The essential organs of reproduction in a woman are what?

Gonads; Paired Ovaries

What is produced by the Ovaries (gonads)?

Female Gametes or Ova

Unlike the Male reproductive system the Female reproductive system can also provide what?

Provide nutrition and protection to the offspring for up to several years after conception

What are the ducts or duct structures that extend from the ovaries to the exterior?

Internal genitals

What comprises the accessory organs of the female reproductive system?

-Internal Genitalia
-External Genitalia
-Additional sex glands such as the mammary glands

What comprises the Internal Genitalia?

Uterine (fallopian) tubes
(ducts or duct structures that extend from the ovaries to the exterior)

What is the skin-covered region between the vaginal orifice and the anus that extends from the symphysis pubis anteriorly to the coccyx posteriorly?


What is the most lateral boundary of the Perineum?

On either side of the ischial tuberosity

What can be torn during child birth?


What 2 triangles is the Perineum comprised of?

-Urogential triangle (contains external genitalia
-Anal triangle (contains the anus)

Tears in the perineum can cause what?

Irregular edges, seepage from the rectum and partial uterine or vaginal prolapses

What is performed to avoid the tear and improve healing of the Perineum?


What is homologous to the testes in males?


What are nodular glands after puberty that resemble large almonds in size and shape?


Where are the Ovaries located?

On each side of the uterus, below and behind the uterine tubes

What ligament attaches the ovary to the broad ligament?

Mesovarian Ligament

What ligament attaches ovary to uterus

Ovarian Ligament

What is the development of the fetus in a place other than the uterus?

Ectopic Pregnancy

The surface of the ovaries is covered by what?

Germinal Epithelium

What do not attach directly to the ovary?

Uterine tube cup (fallopian tubes)

The distal portion of the uterine tube curves over what?


Ovarys consist of what two layers?

-Outer cortex
-Inner medulla

The outer cortex of the ovaries has a surface layer of raised squamous shaped epithelial cells covered by what?

Germinal epithelium

Deep to the germinal epithelium is a connective tissue layer that covers the ovarian cortex and is called what?

Tunica Albuginea

Scattered throughout the Ovary and embedded in the connective tissue matrix are thousands of what?

Ovarian Follicles

Ovarian follicles contain what?

Immature female sex cells (oocytes) and their surrounding cells.

Ovarian medulla contain what?

Supportive connective tissue cells, blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatics

What is an oocyte released from the ovary


What is the process that results in formation of a mature egg?


What is the rupture of an ovarian follicle and release of an ovum?


What do the Ovaries secrete?

Secrete female sex hormones (estrogens and progesterone)

Know the stages of the ovarian follicle development:

Page 1132; slide 37-41

What is a function of the ovaries?

Egg production

What is a rupture of an ovarian follicle and release of an ovum?


The ovum moves into what, where it may draw a sperm cell into it become fertilized?

Uterine tube

Ovaries are also endocrine organs, secreting what?

Female sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone that help regulate reproductive function in females.

What is the size of the Uterus?

7.5cm long and 5 cm wide, 3 cm in thickness

What is the pear-shaped structure that consists of two main parts?


What 2 parts make up the Uterus?


What is the narrow neck part of the Uterus?


The wall of Uterus is composed of what three layers?

-Inner Endometrium
-Middle Myometrium
-Outer incomplete layer of Parietal Peritoneum

The Endometrium of the Uterus is composed of what 3 layers of tissue?

-Stratum compactum (innermost)
-Stratum spongiosum (middle layer)
-Stratum basale (dense layer attached to myometrium)

What is a compact surface layer of the Endometrium of the Uterus that is composed of ciliated, simple columnar epithelium called?

Stratum compactum (innermost layer of Endometrium of the Uterus)

What is the spongy middle layer of the Endometrium of the Uterus that is composed of loose connective tissue called?

Stratum Spongiosum

What is the dense inner layer called that attaches the Endometrium to the Myometrium?

Stratum Basale

What parts of the Uterus slough off during menstruation and childbirth?

-Stratum Compactum
-Stratum Spongiosum

What consists of 3 layers of smooth muscle fibers extending in all directions that gives the uterus great strength?


What is the external layer of serous membrane that is incomplete and only covers part of the body of the uterus and not the cervix?

Partietal Peritonum

The cavities of uterus are small due to what?

Due to the thickness of the uterine walls

What is the triangular, flat cavity except where the cervix joins the body?


The apex of the Uterus is directed downward and constitutes what?

The Internal os

The Internal os opens up into what?

Cervical Canal

Cervical canal is constricted at its lower end of the Uterus to form what opening into the vagina?

The External os

The Uterus receives blood from what supply's?

-Uterine arteries
-Internal iliac arteries
-Ovarian and vaginal arteries (reach the Uterus by anatomosis with the uterine vessels)

Uterine, ovarian, and vaginal veins return venous blood to what?

Internal Iliac veins

What is the location of the Uterus?

Located in pelvic cavity between urinary bladder and rectum

What is the position of Uterus?

-Normally anteflexed
-Flexed forward over the bladder
-Cervix joins the vagina at right angle pointing the cervix downward and backward from the point of flexion

What postion is the Uterus in when it is flexed backward and may allow the uterus to prolapse or descend?


What occurs when the Uterus descends into vaginal canal?


How many Uterine ligaments hold the uterus in place but allow some movement?


What are the different 8 uterine ligaments?

-2 Broad ligaments - form a partition across the pelvic cavity.
-2 Uterosacral ligaments - foldlike extensions of the peritoneum from the posterior surface of the uterus to the rectum
-Posterior ligament
-Anterior ligament
-2 Round ligaments

What are the folds of peritoneum extending from the posterior surface to the uterus to the rectum?

Posterior ligament

What are formed by the extension of the peritoneum and anterior surface of the uterus?

Anterior ligament

What are the fibromuscular cords extending from the upper outer angles of the uterus through the inguinal canals?

2 Round ligaments

What is the functions of the uterus?

Part of reproductive tract, permits sperm to ascend toward uterine tubes

If conception occurs an offspring develops where?

In the Uterus

The embryo is supplied with nutrients by what until the production of the placenta?

Endometrial glands

What is an organ that permits exchange of materials between mother's blood and fetal blood but keeps the two circulations separate?


What type of contractions occur during labor and help push the offspring out of mother's body?

Myometrial contractions

If conception does not occur, what is shed?

Outer layers of endometrium are shed during menstruation

What is a cyclical event that allows the endometrium to renew itself?


The Uterine tubes are also called what?

Fallopian tubes, or Oviducts

What is the size of the Uterine tubes?

About 10cm (4 inches)

What are the Uterine tubes attaced to?

Attached to the uterus at its upper outer angles

What lie in the upper free margin of the broad ligament and extend upward and outward toward sides of pelvis?

Uterine tubes

What are the 3 layers of the Uterine tubes?

-Mucous (directly continuous with the peritoneum lining the pelvic cavity)
-Smooth muscle
-Serous lining

What can be infected due to Tubal mucosa being continuous with the vagina and uterus?

Uterine tubes

What is inflammation of the Uterine tubes?


What is inflammation of the peritoneum?


The Uterine Tubes have what three divisions?

Isthmus - Upper outer angle of the uterus joins the uterus
Ampulla - Dilated middle part
Infundibulum- Funnel-shaped terminal component above and lateral over the ovary, opens to the peritoneal cavity

What are the fringe like projections off of the infundibulum of the uterine tubes?


What are the functions of the Uterine tubes?

-Serve as transport channels for ova
-Site of fertilization
-Their secretions nurture the ovum during its migration into the endometrial cavity

What is located between the rectum, the urethra, and the bladder, which lie anterior to it?


What is the size of the Vagina?

Collapsible tube about 7 or 8 cm long capable of distention

What is composed of smooth muscle, and lined with mucous membrane arranged in rugae?


Which wall of the Vagina is shorter than the other?

Anterior wall is shorter than posterior wall because cervix protrudes into its uppermost portion

What part of the Vagina extends around the cervix?


What is a mucous membrane that partially to completely covers the vaginal orifice and forms a border around the external opening?


What are the functions of the Vagina?

-Lubricates and stimulates the glans penis during sex
-Receptacle for semen
-Lower portion of the birth canal
-Transports tissue and blood shed during menstruation to the exterior

What comprises the Vulva or external genitalia?

-Mons Pubis
-Libia Majora
-Libia Minora
-Urinary Meatus
-Vaginal Orifice
-Barholin's (or greater vestibular glands)

What is the skin covered pad of fat over the symphysis pubis?

Mons pubis

What part of the external genitalia is composed mainly of fat and connective tissue with sweat and sebaceous glands?

Labia majora

What part of the external genitalia is located medial to the labia majora and come together anteriorly to form the vestibule?

Labia minora

What is composed of erectile tissue located just behind the junction of the labia minora?


What is the small opening of the urethra?

Urinary meatus

What is the opening that is posterior to the urethra meatus?

Vaginal orifice

What are the 2 bean shaped glands slightly below and to the left and right of the opening of the vagina?

Greater vestibular glands (Bartholin's glands)

What are the glands located on the anterior wall of the vagina, around the lower end of the urethra. (female prostate gland)?

Lesser vestibular glands (Skene's glands)

What protect the clitoris and vestibule?

Mons pubis and labia

What is the boundary between the internal and external genital?

Vaginal orifice

What control breast development?

Estrogens and progesterone

Breast size is determined by what?

Amount of fat around glandular tissue

How many lobes are there per breast?


Ducts of mammary glands (alveoli) in each lobe connect to form what?

A single Lacteriferous duct

Distal on the lacteriferous ducts is a swelling or what?

Lacteriferous sinus

Lacteriferous ducts terminate as what?

Opening on the nipple surface

What is the function of mammary glands?


What promotes breast duct development?


What stimulates mammary gland alveoli development?


Shedding of placenta results in a decrease of estrogens and stimulates what?


What stimulates lactation and milk secretion?


What stimulates ejection of milk?


Suckling stimulates secretion of what?

Prolactin and Oxytocin

What are some advantages of breast feeding?

-Passive immunity from antibodies present in colostrum and milk
-Emotional bonding between mother and child

What is the onset of menses?


Cessation of menses is what?


What are the connective tissue of the breast that help support the glandular and connective tissues of the entire breast structure?

Suspensory ligaments (of Cooper)

Ovaries from birth contain what?

Oocytes in primary follicles in which the meiotic process has been suspended

At the beginning of menstruation each month what occur with several of the oocytes?

Resume meiosis

When will Meiosis stop again after starting during menstruation?

Just before the cell is released during ovulation

Meiosis is completed only if what occurs?

Fertilization occurs

Follicular cells ruptured follicle forms what?

Corpus luteum

Corpus luteum produces what?


If no fertilization occurs what happens?

Menstruation occurs

The Menstrual cycle is divided into what four phases?

-Menses (Days 1-5) -First phase of menses
-Postmenstrual phase (Days 6-13) -(estrogenic or follicular phase)
-Ovulation-(Day 14) - rupture of the mature follicle and expulsion of its ovum
-Premenstrual phase (Days 15-28) or postovulatory phase

What are muscular contraction of uterus for 2 weeks before ovulation?

Myometrial phase

What occurs during the Gonadotropic cycle?

Anterior pituitary gland secretes 2 hormones

Low levels of what cause regression of the corpus luteum?


What is the Ovarian cycle's primary function?

To produce an ovum at regular intervals

Secondary function of Ovarian cycle is to what?

Regulate endometrial cycle through estrogen and progesterone

What is the function of endometrial cycle?

To make uterus suitable for implantation of an embryo if fertilization occurs

What is defined as failure to conceive after 1 year of regular unprotected intercourse?


Menopause occurs usually between what ages?


Menarche occurs around what age?

13 (menstruation continues every 28 days for decades)

What is caused by high concentrations of prostaglandin E2 and F2 cause painful spasms by decreasing blood flow and oxygen to uterine muscles?


What is caused by hormone imbalances, genetic disorders, brain lesions and deformity of reproductive organs?


What is irregular or excessive uterine bleeding caused by structural problems or hormone imbalances?

Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB)

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