Reproductive System Plush Toys - Female Toy Figures - Sex Ed ModelsBirth is an incredible process directed by hormones and carried out by your organs. Typically, childbirth is kicked off by stress -- at the end of gestation, baby is running out of room and wants to get out. Corticotropin-releasing hormones and cortisol from baby's adrenal glands send an evacuation notice to mom's body: "GET ME OUTTA HERE!" The cortisol then pumps up estriol, a type of estrogen present during pregnancy. Estriol slows down progesterone made by placenta and helps co-ordinate uterine contractions. As estrogen starts contractions, the uterus makes prostaglandins, which also force progesterone levels down. Prostaglandins also make you poop and, along with the hormone relaxin (yes, this is a real, actual hormone name) from the ovaries, get the cervix to soften and dilate to let baby through to the vaginal canal. And that's just the beginning!
Turn this baby inside out -- really clever fetus in a sac, created by The Beat Cowboy a Craftster Forum regular. And while on the topic of reproduction, my pail Julie over at Particle Zoo alerted me to the wonders of iPeriod, an iPhone app that let's you track your menstrual cycle and will alert you to when you might be feeling crummy and when to expect ol' Aunt Flo's arrival. Fully integrated with the iPad and iTampon. {via Boing Boing}
testicle-ovaryWe are extremely excited to introduce our first pair of I Heart Guts underwear! These fancy pants feature the ovary and testicle in a chance encounter on your panties. At first we wanted to call them Reproductive Booty Shorts, for ladies looking for something special to wear while trying to conceive, but let's be real. You might not want to tangle with the DNA of some of the gentlemen you take home with you. So we thought about The Sexuality Knickers instead, but that sounds so American Apparel. So they're Sexy Booty Shorts. Do what you will with them, we won't judge.