The ovaries are a pair of organs that women have. They are located in the pelvis, one on each side of the uterus. Each ovary is about the size and shape of an almond.
The ovaries produce a woman's eggs. If an egg is fertilized by a sperm, a pregnancy can result. Ovaries also make the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. When a woman goes through menopause, her ovaries stop releasing eggs and make far lower levels of hormones.
Problems with the ovaries include
- Is Ovary Removal Tied to Colon Cancer Risk? (05/12/2016, HealthDay)
Treatments and Therapies
- Non-Surgical Procedure Is Effective Treatment for Painful Ovarian Varicose Veins (Society of Interventional Radiology)
- Genetics Home Reference: fragile X-associated primary ovarian insufficiency (National Library of Medicine)
- Genetics Home Reference: Perrault syndrome (National Library of Medicine)
Statistics and Research
- Restoring Bone Density in Women with Ovarian Disorder (National Institutes of Health)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Ovarian Diseases (National Institutes of Health)
Journal ArticlesReferences and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Normal Female Reproductive Anatomy (National Cancer Institute)
Find an Expert
- National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Available in Spanish
- womenshealth.gov (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women's Health) Available in Spanish