Male and female reproductive systems and associated conditions
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Male and female reproductive systems and associated conditions

Ella McLafferty Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland
Carolyn Johnstone Lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Scotland
Charles Hendry Retired, was senior lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Scotland
Alistair Farley Retired, was lecturer in nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, Scotland

Sexual reproduction is the process in which a male sperm unites with a female ovum to permit fertilisation. Each fertilised cell contains a set of chromosomes from each parent, therefore both the male and female gametes contribute equally to the process of reproduction. This article provides an overview of the normal anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive systems. Common disorders of these systems are also discussed.

Nursing Standard. 28, 36, 37-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.05.28.36.37.e6236

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 01 February 2012

Accepted: 26 June 2012

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