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Female Reproductive System

Female Reproductive System: In this lecture, Professor Diamond reviews the previously covered material on the female reproductive system beginning with a detailed look at the uterus, its composition (in layers), size and function. She pays particular attention to the uterus wall, muscles and how it changes during the menstrual cycle. The menstrual cycle is also explained in terms of hormonal changes, ovulation and physical preparation for fertilization and pregnancy. Following she explains in detail the menstrual flow, amount of blood discharge on average, complications that would lead to the stop of menstrual flow, and what causes cramps. Leaving the uterus, she moves on to the vagina and vulva, noting their size, composition and function. She then discusses their importance in reproduction and how they each contribute during intercourse. She covers the erectile tissue present in the clitoris and in the nipples. Finally Professor Diamond concludes with the hormonal changes in the body during breastfeeding and how this can be used as a method of birth control. The final slideshow depicts photos of the uterus, vagina, breasts, focusing on detailed tissue structure.