What is the role of the ovaries?

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Julia Schlam Edelman
OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology)
The role of the ovaries changes over time, from birth to the postmenopause years. When puberty arrives, the ovaries become the conductor of the childbearing orchestra. They produce key female hormones (estrogen and progesterone) and are responsible for releasing eggs. Throughout life, the ovaries also produce the male hormone testosterone, which contributes to a healthy woman's sex drive. Even in postmenopause the ovaries continue to produce small amounts of testosterone.

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