Biology of Women

Joan Bennett (Plant Biology and Pathology; Associate Vice President for Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics)

The language describing human anatomy and physiology was largely written by men. Perhaps for this reason, much of the medical jargon describing women’s biology can be misleading or have negative connotations. This course will give a basic overview of women’s biology and will cover male and female reproductive anatomy, the menstrual cycle and menopause, birth control, pregnancy, labor and delivery, childbirth anesthesia, lactation, sex determination, and diseases of the reproductive system. The class is meant to be a non-technical introduction to obstetrics and gynecology, with commentary of changes that have occurred in recent years. Demonstration materials will be used in each class session.