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Reproduction Changes in Girls

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After puberty, girls' bodies change in various ways. One important way is the changes in the reproduction system. More mature physical and sexual changes occur during the teenage years as well as the physical ability for a young woman to become pregnant by a male.

Reproductive changes in a young woman
To understand reproductive and hormonal changes, you should first understand a young woman's body.

The inner reproductive organs are:

Inner Reproductive Organs
Illustrations by George Ulrich

  1. Uterus- or the womb, which is the organ that a fetus grows in.
  2. Uterus lining- which is blood-enriched and a cushion for the fetus.
  3. Cervix- which is the opening of the uterus.
  4. Fallopian Tubes- which are a passage for a woman's eggs or ovum to travel to the uterus.
  5. Ovaries- which contain the eggs.

The outer genital organs are:

Outer Genital Organs
Illustrations by George Ulrich

  1. Outer and inner labia, which are folds of skin that are to protect the gentle areas underneath
  2. Clitoris, which is a sensitive organ.
  3. Urethra, which is the small opening that urine passes out from.
  4. Vagina, which is a slightly larger opening to the reproductive organs.
  5. Anus or rectal opening where feces or stool passes out.

Pregnant or Menstruation?
During puberty, eggs (ovum) begin to be released from the ovaries every month. They travel down the fallopian tubes and settle for a short time in the uterus.

If the woman has had sexual intercourse with a male, and the male's sperm joined an egg after it left the ovary, the egg would become fertilized, which is when a woman is pregnant. The fertilized egg settles and attaches to the uterine lining or cushion for protection and nourishment.

If the egg does not meet and join a sperm, then the uterine lining or cushion is not needed that month and it "lets go" in the process of menstruation.

To learn more about reproduction and sexual activity, you can go to to order books that will give more detail.

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