REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: INTERESTING FACTS

On my walk yesterday morning, I watched the mother Wood duck lead her newborn chicks across the water. The beautiful male was nearby. Watching them inspired me to jot down a few interesting bits of information.

IN THE HUMAN, DID YOU KNOW?

  • There are about 100-200 million sperm in each ejaculation
  • At birth, there are about 1-2 million eggs.
  • At puberty, there are about 300,000 eggs
  • Fertilization normally occurs in the fallopian tubes
  • Eggs travel from the ovary through the fallopian tubes to the uterus.
  • Fallopian tubes are about 12 cm long and as wide as a threading needle.
  • The male sperm is the smallest human cell; the female egg is the largest human cell.

INSECTS: Most reproduce by laying eggs. The eggs are produced by the female in a pair of ovaries. Sperm, produced by the male in one testis or more is transmitted to the female during mating by means of external genitalia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insect_reproductive_system

Carl Linnaeus in 1771 used the scientific symbols of Mars and Venue to denote the male and female reproductive systems.

GYNECOLOGY-ONCOLOGY

  • In January 1968, Hervy E. Averette, MD, and John J. Mikuta, MD, identified a need for the creation of a medical society focused solely on gynecologic oncology.
  • As of 2019, there were 1,157 gyn. oncologists in the U.S.
  • There are 113,000 new cases in 2021.
  • Rural areas have limited access to these specialists.
  • Education: 4 years of college, 4 years of medical school, 4 years of residency, and then 3 years of gynecology oncology.

The daffodil symbolizes a new birth. Always have a bouquet of yellow daffodils…one flower means misfortune. Yellow symbolizes joy.

Information gives us power, appreciation, and understanding. The human body’s beauty, capabilities, complexity, and simplicity are fascinating. Each of us has a responsibility to take care of, nurture, and cherish our bodies. As Maya Angelou stated: