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What is the normal size of an ovary in centimeters?

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The normal size of an ovary is 3 to 5 centimeters. This length varies according to a woman's hormonal condition and age. As the woman passes her childbearing years and grows older, nearing menopause, the ovary becomes smaller and smaller until it becomes atrophic.

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Small and gray colored with an oval shape, the ovary is located in a woman's pelvis. A pair of ovaries can be found in either side of a female's uterus. The ovaries are supported by a number of ligaments, and blood flow is provided by multiple arteries and veins.

The ovaries are responsible for producing a female's sex hormones, housing and releasing eggs for reproduction. Prior to ovulation, eggs are housed on a number of follicles which bead across the surface of the ovary. These follicles grow specifically for this purpose, and break off if not in use.

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