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.
Introduction: Fertility as a window to health

Volume 110, Issue 5, Pages 781–782


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


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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