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MCAT Question A Day - 5/25/13 - Answer!

Which of the following is the source of hormones that initiate the female reproductive cycle?

A.  Anterior pituitary gland
B.  Posterior pituitary gland
C.  Ovaries
D.  Hypothalamus

The correct answer is (D). Although the anterior pituitary produces FSH and LH which regulate the ovaries, it is the hypothalamus, through releasing hormones, that stimulates the anterior pituitary at the appropriate time.