The corpus luteum forms from the cellular remnants of the ovarian follicle after ovulation and produces the progesterone that is necessary for preparing the uterus for implantation. If fertilization and implantation occurs, luteal progesterone is essential for sustaining pregnancy. If fertilization does not occur, the corpus luteum ceases progesterone production and undergoes regression to allow for the next reproductive cycle. This article focuses on the events that are critical for the development, function, and regression of the mammalian corpus luteum.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of Reproduction|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2018|
- Corpus luteum
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