Reproductive physiology encompasses the processes that enable men and women to become fertile and fit for reproduction. Since humans reproduce sexually, both sexes of the species depend on the adequate maturation of their respective haploid cells (oocytes in women and sperm cells in men) to achieve conception and produce healthy offspring. This is achieved in the gonads, which also synthesize and secrete hormonal products. These have myriad effects throughout the body, among which are the development and maintenance of secondary sexual characteristics.
In this course, the student will be introduced to the synthesis and effects of male and female hormonal products, the maturation of haploid cells in the gonads, and the menstrual cycle. The physiology of pregnancy and lactation will also be covered.
For optimal comprehension, the student must have a preliminary understanding of molecular and cellular biology emphasizing signal molecules and cellular receptors; endocrine physiology; and the histology of the gonads and GU tracts of women and men.
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