Ch 31: Human Reproduction & Development Basics

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Feel confident in your ability to excel on an exam that assesses your understanding of human reproduction and development using the study tools in this chapter. Review fun lessons to strengthen you knowledge, and take short quizzes and a practice exam to assess your comprehension.

Human Reproduction & Development Basics - Chapter Summary

Our top instructors have developed entertaining lessons you can access anytime to gain greater insight into the basics of human reproduction and development. Use the lessons to ensure you fully comprehend the reproductive system, embryonic stage development, amniocentesis and more. Once you've finished the lessons, you will be able to:

  • List the functions and structures of the male and female reproductive systems
  • Describe the anatomy of the male testes
  • Define ovaries and menstruation
  • Detail the sperm's journey from the testes to the urethral orifice
  • Explain the processes of fertilization and zygote formation
  • Share details about the fetal period of pregnancy
  • Identify and describe causes and methods of miscarriage and abortion
  • Discuss risks associated with reproductive technologies

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12 Lessons in Chapter 31: Human Reproduction & Development Basics
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Functions & Structures of the Male Reproductive System

1. Functions & Structures of the Male Reproductive System

This lesson is going to cover the basic structures and functions that are a part of the male reproductive system. We will look at how these structures work together to allow for semen production and ejaculation.

Testicular Anatomy: Structure, Terms & Diagrams

2. Testicular Anatomy: Structure, Terms & Diagrams

Ever wonder about where sperm is made? Find out in this lesson covering the function and anatomy of the male testes. We'll talk about sperm and testosterone production and how the two work together.

Female Reproductive System: Functions & Structures

3. Female Reproductive System: Functions & Structures

The primary function of the female reproductive system is to produce offspring. In this lesson, you'll travel through the female reproductive system. Along the way, you'll learn about important structures and the roles they play in creating life.

What Are Ovaries? - Definition, Functions & Size

4. What Are Ovaries? - Definition, Functions & Size

Ovaries are the female gonads, and they play a major role in the female aspect of reproduction. This lesson discusses the functions of the ovaries and their basic characteristics.

What Is Menstruation? - Definition & Cycle

5. What Is Menstruation? - Definition & Cycle

Menstruation is a natural process that is part of a woman's reproductive health. To learn why it happens and how it fits into the menstrual cycle, check out this lesson.

Sperm's Journey from the Testes to Urethral Orifice

6. Sperm's Journey from the Testes to Urethral Orifice

Follow newly created sperm as they make their way from their origin of creation, the male testes, all the way to the exit of the male reproductive tract.

Fertilization and Zygote Formation: Definition and Processes

7. Fertilization and Zygote Formation: Definition and Processes

Follow the male's sperm and the female's egg on their way to meet each other in this lesson that takes you through the process of fertilization in humans. Learn about the obstacles the sperm must get through before it can fertilize the egg.

Embryonic Stage Development: Definition & Concept

8. Embryonic Stage Development: Definition & Concept

There are three basic stages of mammalian gestation: germinal, embryonic, and fetal. This lesson focuses on embryonic development and the stages of growth between implantation and the point when an embryo becomes a fetus.

The Fetal Period of Pregnancy: Definition & Development

9. The Fetal Period of Pregnancy: Definition & Development

The fetal stage of pregnancy is a critical developmental phase for an unborn child. Many key changes take place to prepare the child for independent living outside of the womb. This article discusses the critical time periods within the fetal stage of development.

Abortion and Miscarriage: Methods and Causes

10. Abortion and Miscarriage: Methods and Causes

This lesson will teach you whether exercise can cause a miscarriage, what the major cause of miscarriage is, and what the two major classes of abortion are.

What Is Amniocentesis? - Definition, Purpose, Procedure & Risks

11. What Is Amniocentesis? - Definition, Purpose, Procedure & Risks

Upon completion of this lesson, you will be able to define amniocentesis and describe how it is performed, its purpose, and potential risks involved. A short quiz follows the lesson.

Reproductive Technologies: Definition, Examples & Risks

12. Reproductive Technologies: Definition, Examples & Risks

If a man and woman cannot naturally conceive a child, they have many options at their disposal to try and become pregnant. All of them are a form of assisted reproductive technology.

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