The female external reproductive structureinclude the following• Clitoris• Two sets of labia: Labia MajoraLabia Minora
The female internal organs are the following• Pair of gonads(ovaries)• Ducts (oviducts/fallopian tubes)• Chambers (uterus, vagina, vulva)
Female gonads are the OVARIES. Each ovary contains many follicles, which consist of apartially developed egg called an oocyte, surroundedby support cells. Once a month, an oocyte develops into an ovum (egg)by the process of oogenesis. Ovulation is the release of an egg cell from thefollicle. The remaining follicular tissue grows within theovary, forming the corpus luteum.
The corpus luteum secretes hormones thathelp to maintain pregnancy. If the egg is not fertilized the corpus luteumdegenerates.
After ovulation, the egg travels from theovary to the uterus via an oviduct, or fallopiantube. Cillia in the oviduct convey the egg to theuterus also called the womb The uterus lining, the endometrium, hasmany blood vessels. The uterus narrows at the cervix, then opensinto the vagina
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