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The impact of stress on reproduction in modern ​society can lead to unwanted cycle disruption and infertility.  As an example, functional hypothalamic amenorrhea (FHA) is an anovulatory condition of mixed origin resulting from decreased GnRH drive and reduced pulsatile gonadotropin secretion.  FHA has been attributed to stress, especially psychosocial stress, and is associated with hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation and enhanced glucocorticoid secretion.  Glucocorticoids have long been considered to be potential mediators of stress-induced suppression of ovarian cyclicity; however, the mechanisms involved are not well understood. 

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 Contact Us

Kellie Breen Church, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Reproductive Medicine
9500 Gilman Drive, #0674
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, CA 92093
Assistant:  Ruth Montouri
Phone:  858-534-1140
Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 182
Leichtag Biomedical Research Building, 349F
Phone: 858-534-1762
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