Regulation of steroid production and its function within the corpus luteum.

During the second half of the luteal phase, the human corpus luteum becomes responsive to regular luteinizing hormone (LH) pulses. These LH pulses stimulate progesterone secretion tonically, and during this tonic stimulation, additional LH-independent progesterone pulses occur, which are particularly pronounced in women with human chorionic gonadotropin… CONTINUE READING