The Reproductive Process

Reproduction involves several processes that must occur at exactly the right time. Any interruption to the necessary steps can interfere with fertilization and/or implantation.

The Woman’s Role

Once a month women generally ovulate an egg from one of the two ovaries. This egg, or ovum, travels from the ovary and into the fallopian tube. In preparation for fertilization, the egg will be moved through the fallopian tube in order to meet the man’s sperm.

The Man’s Role

Sperm play a vital role in the reproductive process. Following ejaculation, the man’s sperm must swim through the woman’s cervical mucous, and continue through the uterus and into the fallopian tube where it eventually meets the egg. Fertilization occurs when a sperm finds and penetrates an egg as it waits in the fallopian tube.

Once the egg is successfully fertilized it continues to move through the fallopian tube and into the uterus where it will attach itself to the uterine wall.


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