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Reproduction 101 – Understanding a Womans Cycle

Reproduction 101 – Understanding a Womans Cycle

A woman’s menstrual cycle is a complex process that is regulated by several hormones. These hormones work together to control the growth and release of an egg from the ovaries, and to prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Understanding the different hormones and their roles in the menstrual cycle is key to understanding the basics of reproduction.

The Follicular Phase, Ovulation and Luteal Phase

The menstrual cycle is divided into two main phases: the follicular phase and the luteal phase. During the follicular phase, the hormone follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) stimulates the growth of a follicle in the ovary. This follicle contains an egg that will be released during ovulation. At ovulation, luteinizing hormone (LH) triggers the release of the egg from the ovary. This marks the start of the luteal phase, during which the follicle that released the egg transforms into the corpus luteum, which produces the hormone progesterone. Progesterone prepares the uterus for pregnancy and helps maintain a pregnancy if fertilization occurs.

Fertilization and Pregnancy

If fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg travels down the fallopian tubes and implants in the uterus, where it begins to grow and develop into a fetus. The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced by the cells that form the placenta, and it signals the corpus luteum to continue producing progesterone. This helps to maintain a pregnancy and prepares the body for childbirth.

No Fertilization, No Pregnancy

If fertilization does not occur, the corpus luteum will eventually break down and stop producing progesterone. This will cause the levels of progesterone in the body to drop, which will trigger the shedding of the uterine lining and the start of a new menstrual cycle.

A woman’s menstrual cycle is a delicate balance of hormones that work together to regulate the growth and release of an egg, and to prepare the body for pregnancy. Understanding the basics of reproduction and a woman’s menstrual cycle is important for anyone who is trying to conceive.

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