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PHYSIOLOGY OF THE FEMALE SEX ORGANISM
In the preceding lesson you have been shown "just what" each one of the
sex organs of the woman IS. In the present lesson you will be shown
"just what" each of these organs DOES--what its functions and offices
are. The preceding lesson dealt with the ANATOMY of these organs; the
present lesson will deal with the PHYSIOLOGY thereof.
Beginning with the Ovaries, the fundamental and basic sex organs of the
woman, you will have explained to you the wonderful processes performed
by each of these organs in turn.
THE OVARIES. The Ovaries in the woman are akin to the testicles in the
man. Without the Ovaries there would be no ova or eggs, and without the
ova there would be possible no reproductive purposes, and therefore no
office for the sex organs at all, for reproduction is the fundamental
office, function, and purpose of the entire sexual organism.
In our consideration of the office, purposes, and functions of the
Ovaries, however, we must not overlook a certain secondary phase of such
functioning. While it is true that the primary purpose of both the
testicles of the male, and the Ovaries of the female, is that of
providing SEED from which the offspring of the individual may be
produced, it is likewise true that there exists a secondary purpose
which may be called the "individual" purpose as contrasted with the
"racial" and primary one.
This secondary or "individual" purpose of the Ovaries is that of
manufacturing certain secretions which are absorbed by the blood of the
woman, and which play an important part in her physical and mental
well-being and activities. These secretions begin before puberty in the
woman, and continue after her menopause; whereas the manufacture of the
ova begins only at puberty, and ceases with the menopause, keeping pace
with the manifestation of menstruation in its beginning and its ending.
Nature provides these chemical secretions from the Ovaries for the
purpose of giving the woman her characteristic physical form and
contour, her form, her breasts, her long hair, her broad pelvis, her
soft voice, and other secondary sex characteristics; and also of
providing for the normal development of the other sex organs. As a proof
of this statement, science shows us that if a woman's ovaries are
completely removed there is usually a consequent atrophy or "drying up"
of the Uterus and the Vagina, and often even of the Vulva. Moreover, the
presence of this internal secretion manifests in arousing and
maintaining in the woman her normal sexual desire, and her normal
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