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Best minds frame research priorities for reproductive health

Research into the optimal preconception diet and societal barriers to fertility are among the key priorities for future reproductive health studies, according ...

Hormone’s effect on neurons linked to polycystic ovarian syndrome

University of Otago researchers are part of an international team of scientists who have discovered how anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) may act in ...

Does Secondhand Smoke Increase Risk of Infertility and Early Menopause?

Doctors have known for a long time that smoking is associated with infertility and early menopause. But the impact of secondhand smoke has been unclear. A new study published in the journal Tobacco Control shows that even passive exposure to smoke seems to have detrimental effects on a woman's ability to conceive. The study also reports that secondhand smoke may lead to early menopause, before the age of 50. ... Full story

Female sex cannibals not angry, just picky: spider study finds

One theory suggests female raft spiders kill their suitors because they have a 'spillover' of aggression ... Full story

Researchers use ovarian follicles to preserve fertility

Technique could be beneficial for women with cancer; study in mice produced live births ... Full story

Infertility a common problem for Otago-Southland women

Infertility is common amongst women aged 25–50 years in the south of New Zealand and significant health resources go towards helping them become mothers, new University of Otago research suggests. ... Full story

New studies question the treatment of female infertility with stem cells

It has been claimed that a treatment for female infertility will be available by stem cell therapy. But a new study by Swedish researchers from the University of Gothenburg and Karolinska Institutet published in Nature Medicine questions whether new egg cells can be produced using stem cells. ... Full story

Mitochondrial DNA mutations affect male and female fertility and ageing

Research indicates for the first time that mutations within the DNA sequence of mitochondria impact on the energy producing capacity of these cells, with significant effects on fertility and life expectancy - and remarkably different outcomes for males and females. ... Full story

Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

An international study of nearly 70,000 women has identified more than forty regions of the human genome that are involved in governing at what age a woman goes through the menopause. ... Full story

Study finds connection between severe menopausal symptoms and history of recent abuse

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Menopause is associated with many bothersome symptoms, including hot flashes, night sweats, sleep disturbances, difficulty with mood, memory or concentration, and changes in sexual function. Mayo Clinic physicians recently released findings from research that demonstrated a connection between the severity of menopausal symptoms and a woman’s recent experience of abuse. ... Full story

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