The Female Sexual Cycle

The Female Sexual Cycle - The Female Sexual Cycle The...

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The Female Sexual Cycle The sexual cycle in the female includes all of the events recurring every month when pregnancy does not occur. It can be separated into the ovarian cycle and uterine cycle . The average amount of time to complete one cycle is 28 days. During these monthly changes, the egg finishes its development and is released from the follicle. These cyclic changes are hormonally regulated and occur in a hierarchical fashion with the hypothalamus regulating the anterior pituitary gland, which subsequently regulates the ovaries. (See Figure 1) Figure 1 Ovarian Cycle The ovarian cycle can be subdivided into the follicular phase , ovulation and the postovulatory phase . (See Figure 2) Figure 2 Follicular Phase Recall that oogenesis begins prenatally ; therefore, follicular development also begins prenatally; a follicle develops from a primordial follicle to a primary follicle before birth. Both processes arrest before birth. The onset of menarche stimulates the continued development of both oocytes
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