The Three Phases of the Ovarian Cycle
occupies days 1–13 of an approximate 28-day
of a 28-day ovarian cycle and is defined
as the release of the secondary oocyte from a vesicular follicle.
only one ovary ovulates each month
when the remaining follicle
cells in the ruptured vesicular follicle turn into a corpus luteum.
secretes progesterone and estrogen that stabilize and build up the
, and prepare for possible implantation of a fertilized
has a life span of about 10–13 days if the secondary oocyte is not
it regresses and becomes a corpus albicans
the uterine lining to be shed as menstruation