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Female Reproductive System

Female Reproductive System

Picture of the female reproductive system (front view)

The female reproductive system consists of two ovaries, two fallopian tubes, the uterus, and the vagina. Either the left or right ovary normally produces an egg (ovulation) about 11 to 17 days before the woman's next menstrual period, or approximately once a month. The egg is released from the ovary into a fallopian tube and swept into the uterus by tiny hairs (cilia) and muscle action.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology
Last Revised May 4, 2012

Last Revised: May 4, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Femi Olatunbosun, MB, FRCSC - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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