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Female reproductive system. Coloured hysterosalpingogram X-ray of the pelvis of a healthy 26 year old woman. The uterus (womb) is at centre, to either side are the ovaries (dark orange), between the ovaries and the uterus are the fallopian tubes. The ovaries release an egg every month (ovulation), which is received by the fallopian tubes. It travels along the tubes to the uterus, a pear-shaped, hollow, muscular organ, in which the egg, if fertilised, will implant and grow. A hysterosalpingogram is taken after the introduction of a X-ray opaque material to the uterus via a catheter in the vagina (bottom centre).
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