The term pituitary-ovarian axis refers to the hormonal interactions between the anterior pituitary and the ovaries. The anterior pituitary secretes two gonadotropic hormones—follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH)—both of which promote cyclic changes in the structure and function of the ovaries. The secretion of both gonadotropic hormones, as previously discussed, is controlled by a single releasing hormone from the hypothalamus—gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)—and by feedback effects from hormones secreted by the ovaries. The nature of these interactions will be described in detail in the next section.
Primary oocyte (46 chromosomes)
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