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Now that I have added a few newish friends, I wanted to post links to some stuff I mentioned to them at a party last night (which oldish friends might also find interesting):
Caught on camera: a woman ovulates just as surgeons open her up for a partial hysterectomy
I'm actually pretty squeamish, but knowing that this process actually takes place in me every month makes it easier, and very fascinating, to look at. Click "Enlarge image" to see the process more clearly.
The red thing, which is properly called a follicle pre- and during ovulation, shrinks slightly once the egg is gone and becomes something called the corpus luteum, which secretes estrogens and progesterone, which are essential for the normal functioning of the reproductive system.
I learned a lot of this type of thing, in addition to many other fascinating tidbits, in this book: Woman: an Intimate Geography by Pulitzer-prizewinning science journalist Natalie Angier (somewhat animation-heavy official site). Human reproduction, and the female body, totally and completely surpass the ability of the average high school health teacher to do them justice. But if anyone can come close, it's this author. I LOVED this book and have recommended it to tons of people, including my former Nurse Practitioner in La Crosse, who had been practicing women's health and women's reproductive health for 15 years when I met her, and said she learned some really interesting stuff from this book.
Should you not feel like buying it, you can find it at your public library; it was a bestseller and was a National Book Award finalist, so any public library that doesn't have it is not doing a great job of collection maintenance!