III - III Female Reproductive System A Overview of Female...

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III. Female Reproductive System A. Overview of Female Organs 1. ovaries 2. Fallopian (uterine) tubes 3. uterus 4. vagina 5. vulva 6. perineum 7. mammary glands B. Ovaries 1. upper pelvic cavity, either side of uterus 2. mesovarium - fold of peritoneum, hold in place 3. ovarian ligament - anchor to the uterus 4. suspensory ligament - anchor to pelvic wall 5. hilus - vessels, nerves, lymph 6. Histology of Ovaries a. germinal epithelium - covers surface b. tunica albuginea - connective tissue c. stroma - 2 layered connective tissue i. cortex - outer with ovarian follicles ii. medulla - inner loose layer d. ovarian follicles - developing ova (eggs) e. vesicular follicle - secretes estrogen f. corpus luteum - develops prior to ovulation i. progesterone, estrogen, relaxin, inhibin C. Uterine (Fallopian) Tubes (oviducts) 1. transport ova from ovary to uterus after ovulation 2. positioned between broad ligaments of uterus 3. infundibulum - funnel like end, catches ova 4. fimbriae - fingerlike projections that move ova
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