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23: Reproductive System

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    • 23.1: Introduction
      In this chapter, you will explore the anatomy of the male and female reproductive systems, whose healthy functioning can culminate in the powerful sound of a newborn’s first cry.
    • 23.2: Anatomy of the Male Reproductive System
      Details on male reproductive organs and hormones, responsible for making sperms and transporting sperms to the egg for fertilization, will be discussed.
    • 23.3: Anatomy of the Female Reproductive System
      The female reproductive system functions to produce eggs and reproductive hormones, just like the male reproductive system; however, it also has the additional task of supporting the developing embryo and fetus and delivering it to the outside world at birth.  Details on the anatomy of the female reproductive system will be covered in this section.
    • 23.4: Development of the Male and Female Reproductive Systems
      The development of the reproductive systems begins soon after fertilization of the egg, with primordial gonads beginning to develop approximately one month after conception. Reproductive development continues in utero, but there is little change in the reproductive system between infancy and puberty.