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Tube of ovocyclin ointment, in original carton, England, 1955-1970

Ovocyclin is a hormone produced in the body, by the ovaries and placenta in women and in the testes of men. As a form of oestrogen it is mainly responsible for the development of breasts and body hair. It also controls the menstrual cycle and prepares the uterus for pregnancy. This treatment contains Ovocyclin to boost low levels of the hormone in the body.

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Glossary: ovocyclin

form of estrogen hormone. It is produced in the ovary, placenta, testis, and possibly the adrenal cortex.

Glossary: hormone

A substance produced in one part of the body which passes into the bloodstream and is then carried to other (distant) organs or tissues, where it acts to modify their structure or function

Glossary: menstrual cycle

The stage during which the female body prepares for pregnancy. The cycle consists of the thickening of the uterus lining and the release of an egg into the uterus from the ovaries. If the egg is not fertilized, the thickened lining dissolves and is released as a 'period'. In humans, the average cycle length is 28 days, and occurs in females who have reached puberty.

Glossary: oestrogen

A female hormone. Oestrogen is first produced by a girl at puberty. It regulates the menstrual cycle and prepares the uterus for pregnancy. Oestrogen is present in males, but in very low levels.