Fertility and Sterility
Jacques Donnez, a doctor in France, was conducting a routine hysterectomy when he discovered the ovary was coincidentally in the process of expelling an egg. He captured these photos, which clearly show what a dramatic event it is. The word “explosive” seems apt enough, but it’s not quick; Donnez captured these photos over a period of 15 minutes.
I don’t know what’s more alarming: that these are the best images to date of how each one of us started life, or the realization that my own personal ovaries have done this more than 200 times. Yowch!
Donnez’ photos demonstrate what a misleading term “egg” is, applied to the human oocyte. The general public conception of “egg” is a streamlined, elegantly object with clean curves – a bird’s egg, or an abstract shape – like Beijing’s beautiful National Centre for the Performing Arts, colloquially called “The Egg”:
National Centre for the Performing Arts/National Grand Theatre, Beijing
via The Guardian
Beijing, which has been going crazy with innovative architecture lately, also has a “Bird’s Nest,” btw.
Anyway, ovulation is a messy, ungraceful process, the human oocyte is tiny, non-ovoid, and unshelled, and the whole idea of this going on in over half the world’s population on a routine basis is weird. But cool. You know what I mean.