Adolescent Antecedents to Gynecological Health
The reproductive organs increase greatly in size and weight during pre-adolescence and adolescence.
During periods of rapid growth (critical periods) body organs are most vulnerable to insults.
The rate of growth and development can be slowed or otherwise modified by disease, deficient diet or other more obscure factors.
If factors (such as undernutrition) are imposed on organs while cell division is occurring, the process slows and may stop before full organ growth. If this does occur the number of cells in the organ will always be too few.
Body organs with abberrations in cell number or cell size have altered patterns of functioning.
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