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Fertilization, Pregnancy, Birth

by: Crystal Florman

Fertilization, Pregnancy, Birth BIOL 1014

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Fertilization, Pregnancy, Birth, and Contraceptives
Life: Continuity and Change
Dr. Kurt Pontasch
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Date Created: 04/09/16
Fertilization, Pregnancy, and Birth  The egg is only viable for one day and the sperm for two days  Limited period in which copulation can result in pregnancy  Fertilization usually occurs in the fallopian tubes  Fertilized egg- zygote- as it travels down the fallopian tube it divides by mitosis into smaller and smaller cells o Solid ball of cells is formed- morula stage o Soon morula becomes hollow- inside is an inner cell mass- blastula stage o At blastula stage embryo is about six days old and ready for implantation  At implantation the embryo undergoes gastrulation- forming the gastrulation stage- inner cell mass differentiates into three layers of cells- the three layers differentiate into various structures o Ectoderm- turns into skin, hair, nails, lenses of the eye, lining of the mouth and nose, and forms the nerves o Mesoderm- turns into muscle, connective tissue including blood and bone o Endoderm- forms the lining of digestive tract, lungs, liver, pancreas, etc.  Also at implantation three membranes are formed o Goes around inner cell mass- called amnion- filled with water and surrounds embryo o Chorion- goes around the whole thing and fuses with the third membrane o Allantois- Chorion and amnion fuse with the uterine lining to form the placenta (umbilical cord)  Blood vessels are in close contact of those of the mother to get nutrition in, waste out, and gas exchange  By the end of 8 weeks the embryo is about an inch long, is able to move and is now called a fetus, and is recognizable as human  After 14 weeks- fetus is about 3 inches long most physiological systems have been established- tell the sex  After about 9 months- hormonal changes cause contractions of the uterus- the amnion bursts releasing the water o Uterine contractions become stronger- then birth  Breach birth- when the baby comes out backwards o If the baby is coming out funky or is too big for the birth canal they perform a caesarean section  Contraception and Abortion o Contraception is the prevention of fertilization  Coitus interruptus- removal of penis from vagina prior to ejaculation  Rhythm method- refrain from sex on the days of the month when the secondary oocyte may be present- need a clinical thermometer  Spermicidal foams and jellies- make the vagina more acidic and that kills sperm  Birth control pill- progesterone inhibits secretion of FSH and LH from the pituitary- thus preventing follicular growth and ovulation  Diaphragm- membranous shield placed over the cervix before intercourse- fitted by doctor- uncomfortable for male  Condom- membranous shield placed over the penis before intercourse  Sterilization- surgical and usually perminant  Male- vasectomy- cuts vas deferens- sperm remain in testies and are reabsorbed- ejaculation is normal, but only seminal fluid is present  Females- tubal ligation- cuts and ties the fallopian tubes  Abortion- termination of the zygote, embryo, or fetus  Sensu lato- termination of zygote o IUD- intrauterine device- plastic devices of various shapes that are placed in the uterus by a doctor- move around in the uterus- prevent implantation of the zygote o Morning after pill- plan B  Sensu stirictu- 3 methods o Dilation and curettage o Suction o Injection of saline solution into the uterus that kills the fetus or embryo


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