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The ovaries are two small glands, located on either side of a
woman's uterus, that are part of the female reproductive system. The ovaries
produce female sex hormones and store and release eggs (ova), which can develop
into embryos if fertilized by a male's sperm.
The female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone) help control
the menstrual cycle, breast development, and other functions. Approximately
once a month, about 2 weeks before a woman's next period is due, one of her
ovaries releases an egg (ovulation).
Current as of:
October 13, 2016
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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