Healthy vagina

Healthy vagina

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Caption: Light micrograph of numerous squamous cells from the epithelial lining of a normal, healthy vagina. The sample of cells was removed during the secretory phase of the menstrual cycle (the period from ovulation at around day 14 of the cycle to beginning of menstruation). During the menstrual cycle the stratified squamous epithelium undergoes cyclical changes that include slight keratinisation of the superficial cells. Throughout the cycle the superficial cells produce glycogen, which is metabolised by commensal bacteria (Lactobacillus sp.) to produce lactic acid that inhibits growth of disease-causing microorganisms. Magnification: X40 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: female reproductive system, gynaecological, gynaecology, gynecology, healthcare, healthy, light micrograph, medical, medicine, menstrual cycle, normal, reproduction, secretory stage, secretory stg, squamous epithelium, vagina

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