The Menstrual Cycle

The Menstrual Cycle

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This volume clarifies in a logical and didactic manner the sequence of events that characterize the human menstrual cycle. Each major organ involved in the cycle, the brain, the pituitary gland, the ovary, and the uterus is discussed and its contribution specifically outlined. The chapters trace the physiologic events within each of these organs, describe the hormones by which they communicate, and outline how critical aspects of the cycle are synchronized so that an ovulatory cycle can occur. Thus neuroendocrine control of the menstrual cycle is examined in detail, and the processes of follicular development, maturation, ovulation, and maintenance of the corpus luteum are thoroughly covered. The book then turns to pathophysiology and examines the conditions under which the menstrual cycle may become abnormal. Pathophysiological mechanisms that cause cycle disturbance, anovulation, and infertility are reviewed, as are clinical presentations of common menstrual disorders and their treatment. Progress in reproductive biology has been rapid, and the research spans several disciplines. In this volume information dispersed in many publications has been synthesized and concisely presented, providing an in-depth understanding of the processes that control reproductive function in the female.THE FIRST WEEKS OF PREGNANCY MATERNAL RECOGNITION OF PREGNANCY If fertilization has occurred, it is essential that the fertilized egg signal its presence in order to interrupt luteolysis or the demise of the corpus luteum that is about to occur at that time of the cycle. ... As a consequence, estradiol and progesterone secretion continues and menstruation does not occur (the a€œmissed mensesa€)anbsp;...

Title:The Menstrual Cycle
Author:Michel Ferin, Raphael Jewelewicz, Michelle P. Warren
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 1993


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