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Female Reproductive Development

The female reproductive system begins developing at puberty in response to hormone signals from the brain.

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adolescent growth spurt

adolescent growth spurt

Period of rapid growth that occurs during puberty.
estrogen

estrogen

Female sex hormone secreted by the ovaries.
follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)

follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)

Pituitary gland hormone that stimulates the ovaries to secrete estrogen and follicles in the ovaries to mature.
menarche

menarche

Beginning of menstruation; first monthly period in females.
menstruation

menstruation

Process in which the endometrium of the uterus is shed from the body during the first several days of the menstrual cycle; also called monthly period.

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