Birth Control Problem Set

Problem 7: Female Reproductive Cycle


In a "typical" 28 day female reproductive cycle, on which day following the beginning of the menstrual period is a women most likely to ovulate?
A. 7
B. 14
For the first 12 days of the menstrual cycle, estrogen has a negative effect on the production of gonadotropins. Following these 12 days the negative effect changes to a positive effect on the production of gonadotropic hormones.

This results in a small increase of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), but a large increase of luteinizing hormone (LH). This sudden increase of LH causes the mature follicle to release the egg.

C. 21

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