Stress and Fertility: The Missing Link

  
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Ep. 3 of the Optimizing Fertility Podcast

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Who hasn’t heard stories of people “giving up” trying to conceive, and then falling pregnant? Despite anecdotal evidence, proving a causal relationship between stress and fertility has long proven enigmatic for doctors and scientists. That is, until now.

About this episode

A new study has uncovered a "missing link" between the brain and the reproductive system. In this episode ELANZA’s Catherine Hendy speaks to the study's lead author Professor Greg Anderson, from the Anderson Laboratory at the University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology.

After over a decade of research into precisely how neurons in our brains could modulate reproductive function via the hormone system in response to stress, Professor Anderson’s team of researchers have some answers that could potentially lead to novel treatments for stress-related infertility.

We hear what exactly the link is, and what it could mean for people trying to conceive or planning to in the future.

You can read the full transcript of this interview here.


Professor Greg Anderson leads The Anderson Research Group laboratory at the University of Otago's Centre for Neuroendocrinology. His research focuses on how hormones and brains cells regulate fertility.