Introduction: Fertility as a window to health

Infertility may have long-terms effects on a woman’s and man’s health beyond the reproductive years.

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Volume 110, Issue 5, Pages 781–782

Authors:

Kurt T. Barnhart, M.D., M.S.C.E.

Abstract:

Infertility has long-term effects beyond the inability to conceive. Infertility may be a harbinger of future disease and altered longevity. Understanding the mechanisms of how fertility is a window to health opens new avenues of important investigation addressing interdependent physiologic processes. Identification of healthy persons at risk for future cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or cancer could allow a change in reproductive medical care by altering long-term surveillance and reduction of risk.


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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.