Organization is the best medicine for headaches that attack us when trying to study a complicated subject. Our body has millions of functions performed with high accuracy , and dwelling into the secrets of biology makes us realize that without this extreme organization and timing of the vital events that are taking place inside our cells and systems, our health will turn into a nightmare!
So, let us imitate our body and make our study period a happy dream! Let’s manage our brain’s capacities so that we can understand and memorize the tiny details in the complicated FEMALE SEXUAL CYCLE in no time!
What to do?? easy … Prepare your notes, your biology book, and your favorite drink, sit back, SMILE and follow the below steps!!
First, let us start by dividing the whole material into parts. Studying each part alone will make it easier for you to learn faster and better.
Step 1: Study the anatomy of the Ovary and that of the Uterus.
Step 2: Study the Ovarian Cycle steps, focus on the names of the phases and the “event”, the duration of the whole cycle and the timing of the unique event, and on what happens in each phase and event!
Step 3: Study the Uterine/Endometric Cycle steps. Focus on the names of the phases, the duration of the whole cycle and its phases, and on what happens in each phase.
Step 4: Study the 3 groups of chemicals that control the female sexual cycle:
– Hypothalamus neuro-hormone: GnRH
– Pituitary Hormones: LH and FSH.
– Ovarian Hormones: Estrogen and progesterone.
Ask yourself: From which organ is each hormone secreted? what does its name stand for? what is the function of each hormone? what is the name of each hormone’s target organ/cell? when it is secreted? why is it secreted? how do the levels of each hormone vary during the cycle?
Step 5: Relate all the information together using the below chart.
Step 6: Answer the following questions to better explain the changes in the above figure: Which hormone exerts a positive feedback mechanism and on which organ? and which has a negative feedback mechanism and on which organ? What is the purpose of each feedback mechanism?
Then try to number the steps respecting the order of the events taking place!
Step 7: Review everything using another chart!
And now you are ready to attack your test or quiz smiling big!