Uterine Control of Ovarian Function

  • L. L. Anderson
  • A. I. Musah


Regulation of fertile or nonfertile reproductive cycles in mammals depends on interaction of ovarian, uterine, pituitary, and CNS function and exteroceptive stimuli. These cycles can be modified by a variety of actions such as mating, presence of a conceptus or conceptus secretory products, cervical stimulation, endometrial abrasion, and complete or partial absence of the uterus. An essential feature in this regulation is the functional status of the ovary, particularly that of the corpus luteum. It is of particular interest to elucidate the factors that affect the development, maintenance, and regression of the corpus luteum and the role of the uterus in these events. The mammalian uterus has a very profound effect on luteal function. The presence of the uterus alters the process of regression and morphological demise of the corpora lutea. This chapter deals with uterine-ovarian functions in several species and with how uterine-ovarian interactions occur to modify ovarian function during cyclicity and pregnancy.


Luteinizing Hormone Corpus Luteum Estrous Cycle Luteal Cell Uterine Blood Flow 
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  • L. L. Anderson
    • 1
  • A. I. Musah
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Animal ScienceIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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