Hormones of the Ovaries

The Location and Function of the Ovaries

  • The ovaries are oval shaped.
  • Each ovary is approximately the size of a large grape.
  • The location of each ovary is within opposite ends of a female’s pelvic wall, embedded on either side of the uterus.
  • Each ovary is attached to specialised tissue connecting them with the fallopian tube
  • The ovaries play a key role in the female reproductive system.
  • Ovaries secrete two main hormones which we know as estrogen and progesterone.
  • Ovaries produce egg cells that maintain a women’s reproductive system.
  • The Ovary is also considered an endocrine gland due to its secretion of hormones.
hormones of the ovaries

The ovarian hormones are as follows:


Progesterone plays an important role in the maintenance of a female’s menstrual cycle alongside in maintaining the early stages of pregnancy.


There are 3 oestrogens which work as a unit to develop and maintain a healthy reproductive system within a woman. These are Estradiol, Estrone and Estriol.

Estradiol (Oestrogen) plays a key role in the development of female breasts, in that of fat distribution and developing the reproductive organs.

Female Hormones

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