the perfect song for this episode. Awkwafina’s “My Vag”.
I like the way you work
it…no diggity, got to bag it up.
“My vag like an operatic ballad
Yo vag like Grandpa's cabbage”
Let’s be perfectly
honest about a few things: One, I can't sing, and two, there is no way I could
do this song justice, so do me a favor. Pause this podcast, go and listen to
Awkwafina’s song “My Vag”, then hit play on this podcast. And if that song
doesn’t get you seriously excited to learn about the female reproductive
system, then listen to it again. And don’t “at” me about a vag song because
there are so many songs about penises.
Maybe I should mention
that this episode does have sexual health material—so this is your warning.
We’re gonna be talking about vagina’s and periods and all of those hormones
that make it all happen.
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Are you guys ready for this? You all know that females have a complicated reproductive system and it’s cause we can grow new humans. New humans. That is just crazy to me. So take a deep breath and dive in.
Last note before we
begin in earnest. This episode is about biological sex and not gender
Okay, now, let's talk
about the ladies, which are hella-complicated, but we can get this all sorted.
The major reproductive organs for females include the ovaries, which are homologous to the testes, meaning they came from the same precursor during development. The ovaries are where the ova, a.k.a. the gametes are produced. Then there’s the uterus. Or, as I like to call it sometimes, the baby box. But we’re being science-y here, so it’s “the uterus”. The uterus is where a viable progeny develops. I say “viable” because ectopic pregnancies are pregnancies where implantation happens outside the uterus. This is super dangerous for mothers if not caught in time. And finally, breasts are also included in reproductive organs; breasts because of lactation. So these are all included in the reproductive system along with the brain. Because as we learned from the last episode, sex starts in the brain.
Q: Do you remember what part of the brain releases gonadotropin-releasing hormone?
A: The hypothalamus. Do
you remember where the GnRH travels to and acts upon?
A: The anterior
Nice job, you guys are
so smart, you should all be doctors!
If you missed those
questions, no worries. We will review them in, like, 30 seconds; you could also
review the last episode which goes over the male reproductive system.
The ovaries produce
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