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Rolling Back the Fertility Clock

by Alina Cho and Melissa Morgenweck,  CNN's American Morning,  Dec 25, 2008
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Rolling Back the Fertility Clock

(CNN) -- A treasure map to a baby?

That's just one of many things Meredith Kolk tried when she had problems getting pregnant.

At age 40, the mother of one longed for another child but knew the odds were against her. Kolk says a poster board with cutout images of happy babies kept her focused on her goal.

"Making this board helped me feel like I could have a vision to look at every morning and every night about what I wanted for my family. It helped keep me centered because the process is frustrating and it can be very nerve-wracking."

Stress Affects Uterine Receptivity Through Ovarian-Independent Pathway

by Eiji Kondoh, Takako Okamoto, Toshihiro Higuchi, Keiji Tatsumi, Tsukasa Baba, Susan K. Murphy, Kenji Takakura, Ikuo Konishi and Shingo Fujii,  Human Reproduction,  Dec 20, 2008
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Stress Blocks Uterine Receptivity

Although stress is known to disturb natural fertility through the inhibition of the hypothalamic–pituitary–gonadal (HPG) axis, the impact of stress on infertile women who receive exogenous gonadal hormones is not well defined. This is probably due to lack of experimental models for evaluating the impacts of stress through an ovarian-independent pathway. The objective of this study was to investigate the possible impact of stress on uterine receptivity, independent of HPG axis dysfunction, using a mouse implantation model maintained with hormone supplementation.

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