The ovaries are hidden within the abdominal cavity. This may be a reason why they have not attracted so much attention as the clearly visible testicles. Furthermore, it has not been possible surgically to eliminate the ovaries and assure survival of the victim until recently. Therefore, there are no stories of great deeds performed by spayed women in antiquity, like the ones we have about eunuchs. In the same way, we have no old anecdotes about the sexual consequences of removal of the ovaries in women. This lack of historical interest in the sexual glands of women as well as of females of other mammalian species forces us to focus our attention on rather recent contributions. The word recent is here employed in relation to a time scale of the same length as the one employed during my discussion of eunuchs.

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