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CLIP 1847

The female menstrual cycle

The female menstrual cycle

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Key Info
  • The female menstrual cycle
  • Duration: 01:44
  • Computer-generated graphics show the structure of the female reproductive system. Presenter Robert Winston then discusses the ovaries, ovulation and the movement of the egg towards the uterus. Electron micrographs of the lining of the uterus are seen whilst the thickening of this lining in preparation for the fertilised egg is discussed. If an egg is not fertilised menstruation occurs. Includes video footage of the cervix with menstrual blood being released.
  • Credits: Pioneer Productions
  • Subject:



    Bio: Human Body

  • Keywords: ovulation, egg cell, ovum, ovary, gamete, girl, female, menstruation, fallopian tube, oviduct, uterus, womb, cervix, period, puberty, adolescence, Robert Winston
Ideas for use in class
  • This clip could be used to explain what happens during the menstrual cycle. It begins by asking what changes occur in a woman's body during ovulation. It therefore lends itself very nicely to reviewing this at the end. The clip ends with some video footage of menstrual bleeding from the cervix but this is not discussed in detail. Teachers may choose to use this to introduce the timings of the menstrual cycle.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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