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Page 2: Follicle to Menstrual Cycle
More Definitions on Page 1: Amenorrhea to Fallopian
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Follicle An egg sac in the ovary inside which an ovum (egg) will mature.
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) The hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the growth of eggs in the ovaries.
Follicular Phase The first phase of the menstrual cycle. During this phase, a follicle containing an egg develops in the ovary.
Luteal Phase The third phase of the menstrual cycle. Ovulation has occurred, and the corpus luteum produces progesterone primarily to maintain the thickness of the endometrium lining in the uterus in the event that fertilization has occurred. If fertilization has not occurred, progesterone production stops and the endometrium lining is shed during menstruation.
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) Hormone released by the pituitary gland in the brain that triggers the onset of ovulation and prepares the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg.
Menarche A girl's first menstrual period.
Menopause The time in a women's life when menstruation permanently stops. Sometimes referred to as the "change of life". Occurs due to the decrease in production of estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries.
Menorrhagia Menstrual periods that are abnormally heavy in flow, or that are prolonged and last much longer than usual.
Menses Another word for menstruation; the menstrual flow. Derives from the Latin word menses, which means months (singular mensis refers to 1 month).

Note that the word moon, as in the earth's moon which resolves around the earth in approximately 29.5 days, likewise derives from the Latin word mensis.
Menstrual Adjective; Of or relating to menstruation.
Menstrual cycle A recurring cycle that occurs monthly in women as the endometrium (lining of the uterus) thickens and prepares for pregnancy. If the egg released by one of the ovaries at ovulation (which occurs about midway through the cycle) is fertilized as it travels from the fallopian tube to the uterus, pregnancy occurs. If the egg is not fertilized, menstruation occurs: the blood-rich endometrium is shed, and the next month's cycle begins again.

The first day of menstrual blood flow is considered day 1 of the menstrual cycle.

The menstrual cycle is comprised of three phases: the follicular phase, ovulation, and the luteal phase.
Menstrual Cycle Length This is the number of days from the first day of one menstrual period to the day before the first day of the next menstrual cycle.
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