Variability in Human Fertility

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Overview

In this book, the variability of human fertility is examined by first looking at the physiological processes regulating reproduction, and the roles of metabolic adaptation and metabolic load. Interpopulation variation in normal ovarian function is then discussed, covering the importance of factors such as age, disease, and breastfeeding in modifying ovarian function. This will be an important book for all those interested in human fertility.
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"Each chapter addresses a different topic and includes a fine technical overview with plenty of references for further investigation...can be recommended to anyone with an interest in human fertility." Heidi D. Fain, Quarterly Review of Biology
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Table of Contents

List of contributors
1 Introduction: the biological anthropological approach 1
2 The hypothalamo-pituitary regulation of the reproductive function: towards an increasing complexity 7
3 Lactation, condition and sociality: constraints on fertility of non-human mammals 25
4 Evidence for interpopulation variation in normal ovarian function and consequences for hormonal contraception 46
5 Age and developmental effects on human ovarian function 69
6 Non-pathological source of variability in fertility: between/within subjects and between populations 91
7 The relationship between disease and subfecundity 106
8 Metabolic adaptation in humans: does it occur? 125
9 Possible adaptive mechanisms for energy saving during physical activity 148
10 Body composition and fertility: methodological considerations 167
11 Breast-feeding practices and other metabolic loads affecting human reproduction 195
Index 217
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