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What do the female reproductive organs do?

Do you know what all the female reproductive organs do? Can you name them all? Read through the following list, then click on the link to explore some diagrams about our wonderful bodies.

Waha kōpū  | cervix 
A narrow passage at the lower end of the uterus, connecting the uterus with the vagina.

 Kiri kōpū | endometrium
The lining of the uterus. It thickens during the menstrual cycle in preparation for the possible implantation of an embryo. The endometrium is the tissue that breaks down and bleeds during a period.

Pūkākano | fallopian tubes (often called uterine tubes)
Two long, slender tubes that connect the ovaries to the uterus. Eggs pass from the ovaries, through the fallopian tubes, to the uterus. In the female reproductive tract, there is one ovary and one fallopian tube on each side of the uterus.

Wharekano | ovaries
Wharekano produce eggs and reproductive hormones. There are two wharekano | ovaries, one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary holds thousands of eggs, too small to see without a microscope.

Te whare tangata | uterus (womb)
A hollow, pear-shaped organ where a foetus (unborn baby) can develop and grow.

Tenetene | vagina
An elastic, muscular canal that goes from the whare tangata |uterus to the outside of the body. When someone has their period, their menstrual blood flows out through the tenetene| vagina. Babies pass through the tenetene when they are born. It may be called the birth canal when babies are born through the vagina.

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