Reproductive System: Overview

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The female reproductive system is responsible for producing female sex hormones and eggs, delivering them to the uterus for fertilization by sperm, providing a nurturing environment for the growth of a fetus or, in the alternative, flushing the unfertilized egg from the body during the process of menstruation.

The female reproductive system consists of organs both inside and outside the body. The internal organs are the ovaries, which produce and store eggs; fimbrae, finger-like fibers that sweep the egg out of the ovary and into the tubes for delivery to the uterus; fallopian tubes, which connect the ovary to the uterus; uterus, which holds the egg for fertilization and, if fertilized, is the environment where the fetus grows; cervix, a covering at the bottom of the uterus which closes the uterus off from the vagina; vagina, a passage that connects the cervix with the outer organs. The external organs include two sets of labia, whose main function is serving as a shield to protect the internal organs; the clitoris and vestibule.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific health problems associated with the female reproductive system and some of their common causes.

See Also

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  2. Female Infertility
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  4. Miscarriage: Overview
  5. Ovarian Cysts: Overview
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  7. Vaginal Abnormalities & Conditions: Overview
  8. Women's Health Matters: Overview
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