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Stress Puts Double Whammy on Reproductive System, Fertility
June 15, 2009
Stress is known to decrease fertility and sexual behavior, but researchers thought this was because stress hormones lower levels of a brain hormone called gonadotropin-releasing hormone, or GnRH. University of California, Berkeley biologists now show that stress hormones also boost levels of a hormone that suppresses GnRH--a double whammy. The scientists hope it will be possible to block this hormone, called gonadotropin-inhibiting hormone, or GnIH, and restore fertility.
University of California, Berkeley
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