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Explain and detail the hormones and phases of the uterine cycle.
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There are four main hormones which drive the uterine cycle: estrogen, progesterone, lutenizing hormone (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH).

The uterine cycle can be thought to begin at various events, but for the sake of simplicity, we will consider it from the start of the ovarian cycle, when an ovum is first stimulated to slowly mature enough to be released from the ovary. This maturation of the ovum, involving cells surrounding the ovum which slowly build and feed the ovum until it can be released, is highly regulated by estrogen. As a result, levels of estrogen will rise as the ovum develops. Some functions of maturation are mediated by FSH, and levels of this hormone are ...

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