Let’s learn about our bodies!
The uterus, also known as the womb, is where a baby grows.
Located in your lower abdomen, the uterus is about the size of your fist and is connected to many other reproductive parts.
By the end of this post, you will be able to identify the parts of the uterus and what they each do.
Parts of the Uterus
In this section, we will explore the parts of the uterus and the parts connected to it. We’ll start from the bottom at the cervix and work our way up from there.
The cervix is like the neck of the uterus. It is the lowermost portion of the uterus that connects with the vagina.
The uterus is where a lining develops and sheds every cycle.
It is located in your lower abdomen region or below your tummy and about the size of your fist. When a woman is pregnant, the uterus becomes much bigger as it grows to support a developing fetus.
Located inside the uterus, the endometrium is a layer that lines the uterus. The endometrium is where the endometrial lining develops and sheds every cycle.
The myometrium (not labeled in the diagram), is a layer of smooth muscle that lines the uterus and lies under the endometrium. These are the muscles that contract to push out your period and the muscles that cramp up during your period.
The fallopian tubes, also known as the oviducts, are tubes that lead from the uterus towards the ovaries. The fallopian tubes carries the ovum from the ovaries towards the uterus.
The ovaries is the organ that produces ova. The ovaries also produce most of the sex hormones that drive our menstrual cycle.
Produced by the ovaries, an ovum or egg is released every cycle by the ovaries and sometimes more than one is released. If fertilized, the ovum will develop into a baby.
Since we have two ovaries, a common question is “Do our ovaries take turns releasing ova?” We’re not exactly sure how the body decides which ovary releases an ovum but we know that the ovaries do not take turns releasing ova. For now, it looks like it is random.
Those are all the parts of the uterus! If you have any questions, post a comment below.
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