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CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
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CHAPTER-31.3
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CHAPTER-17-18

ovary. Before the follicle bursts, it swells and enlarges and reaches 

the surface of the ovary; the whole follicle is congested with blood, 

but at one point near the surface of the ovary it is pale and thin, 

and here the rupture takes place. 

 

[Illustration: SECTION OF OVARY. 

1. Graafian follicle in the earliest stage. 2, 3, 4. Follicles in 

more advanced stages. 5, 7. Almost mature follicle. 6. Follicle 

from which the ovum has escaped. 8. Corpus luteum.] 

 

=Corpora Lutea.= After the Graafian follicle has burst and the ovum 

has been pushed out, the cavity that is left does not remain empty and 

functionless; there is a further process going on there; there is a 

growth of cells, of a yellowish color, and the follicle becomes filled 

with a yellowish body, which on account of its color is called the 

_corpus luteum_ (plural--corpora lutea; luteum in Latin--yellow, 

corpus--body). This corpus luteum grows in size until it sometimes 

occupies as much as one-third of the ovary. But there is considerable 

difference between the corpora lutea of non-pregnant and pregnant 

women. Up to the end of about a month the corpora lutea are the same, 

but after that the corpus luteum of the non-pregnant woman begins to 

get smaller, to shrink, so that at the end of two or three months it 

is reduced to a small scar and later cannot be noticed at all. The 

corpus luteum of the pregnant woman keeps on increasing until the end 

of the second month, remains about the same size until the end of the 

sixth month, and only then begins gradually to diminish. The corpus 

luteum of the non-pregnant woman, that is, the one following 

menstruation, is called false corpus luteum; the corpus luteum 

following pregnancy is called a true corpus luteum. The corpus luteum 

acts like a gland and elaborates a secretion which has an influence on 

the circulation in the uterus and on menstruation. It probably 

possesses other properties, with which we are not yet quite familiar. 

The corpora lutea of various animals are now prepared in powder or 

tablet form and used in medicine in the treatment of certain diseases 

of women. 

 

 

SUBCHAPTER B 

 

FUNCTION OF THE OTHER GENITAL ORGANS 

 

=Function of the Fallopian Tubes.= The function of the Fallopian tubes 

or oviducts as they are sometimes called is to catch the ovum as it 

bursts through the ovary and to conduct it from the ovary into the 

uterus. It is while the ovum is in the narrow lumen of the tube that 

the spermatozooen which has travelled up from the uterus usually finds 

it, and it is in the tube, near its entrance to the womb, that 

impregnation usually takes place. After the ovum is impregnated or 

fecundated, it slowly moves down to the uterus, where it attaches 


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