Corpus luteum

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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 languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Reproduction
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780128151457
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Corpus luteum
  • Fertility
  • Follicle
  • Hormones
  • Implantation
  • Luteinization
  • Luteolysis
  • Ovary
  • Ovulation
  • Pregnancy
  • Progesterone
  • Uterus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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