A woman reaches reproductive maturity when she experiences her first menstruation, which includes the shedding of the inner-lining of the uterus. This first period occurs during puberty, and at this time, a woman's egg can be fertilized by sperm, and she can reproduce. In men, the first signs of reproductive maturity include enlargement of the testicles and penis, a surge in testosterone and the production of sperm, explains MedicineNet, Inc.Know More
Though menstruation is the dominant sign of reproductive maturity because only then can a woman become pregnant, other changes occur during puberty that signify the coming of menstruation and reproductive maturity as well. The first of these signs is breast development, which begins in girls around 11 years old. The next step is the growth of pubic hair, followed soon by the growth of underarm hair, though some girls begin growing pubic and underarm hair prior to breast development.
Menstruation occurs approximately two and a half years after the onset of puberty. Although menstruation is indicative of reproductive maturity, it is not until women experiences regular menstruation that fertility is achieved. The menstrual cycle occurs for approximately twenty-eight days. It is a cycle that includes the body building up the lining of the womb in preparation for pregnancy, and then shedding it if no egg is fertilized. Fertility and menstruation continue until a woman reaches menopause, at which point she no longer releases eggs, has a monthly period or can become pregnant.Learn more about Reproductive Anatomy
The female reproductive system includes the cervix, ovaries, uterus, fallopian tubes and vagina, explains MedlinePlus of the National Institutes of Health. This system produces the egg that is necessary for reproduction and transports it for possible fertilization. If fertilization occurs, the reproductive system cares for the fertilized egg throughout pregnancy.Full Answer >
According to Dr. W. David Stinson, fundal fibroids are fibroids that are located in the fundus, which is the top of the uterus. While fibroids can be found anywhere in the uterus, fundal fibroids are the type that occur most frequently. Fibroids are the formation of fibrous connective tissues that make up a mass of cells, resulting in a lump or tumor. These tumors are benign.Full Answer >
If a surgeon removes both of a woman's ovaries when he removes her uterus during a hysterectomy, she experiences surgical menopause, according to WebMD. If one or both ovaries remain, she does not enter menopause until she is older.Full Answer >
According to Inner Body, the uterus is located behind and slightly above the bladder, centered between the hips in a woman. It is above the cervix and the vagina, according to WebMD. The top of the uterus is connected to the fallopian tubes.Full Answer >