Female Reproductive System
3D visualization of the female reproductive system reconstructed from scanned human data. Remaining dormant until puberty, the ultimate goal of the female reproductive system is to produce offspring. In order to do this, the body must produce gametes and prepare to nurture a developing embryo for 9 months. The primary reproductive organs of the female, the ovaries, serve two purposes. They create and nurture gametes and produce the female sex hormones, estrogens and progesterone. Accessory structures serve the needs of the reproductive cells and the developing fetus. These structures include the uterine tubes, uterus and vagina and make up the internal genitalia. The external genitalia include the structures which reside on the exterior of the body.