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Middle East Fertility Society Journal
Middle East Fertility Society
ISSN: 1110-5690
Vol. 12, No. 3, 2007, pp. 147-152
Bioline Code: mf07027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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Middle East Fertility Society Journal, Vol. 12, No. 3, 2007, pp. 147-152

 en Reproductive functions of progesterone
Al-Asmakh, Maha


Progesterone has a central role in reproduction, being involved in ovulation, implantation, and pregnancy. Associated with this is the involvement of progesterone in regulation of uterine function during the menstrual cycle, by control of cyclical changes in proliferation and decidualization. Progesterone is essential for the development of decidual tissues, and if fertilization occurs, high circulating progesterone levels are important not only for facilitating implantation, but also for maintaining pregnancy by stimulating uterine growth and opposing the actions of factors involved in myometrial contraction.

progesterone, progesterone receptors, Corpus Luteum, menstrual cycle, implantation, myometrial contractility.

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