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Variability in Human Fertility

Variability in Human Fertility

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Many people believe that there is great similarity in the reproductive cycle shown by one woman to the next. This book shows that 'normal' reproductive cycles covers a wide range of eventualities, and that the likelihood of successful monthly egg release and ensuing pregnancy is highly variable both between women and within an individual. The book discusses some of the factors which affect fertility such as diet, physical activity, stress and breast-feeding, and examines the implications of this for individuals and societies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521117944
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/30/2009
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series , #19
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the biological anthropological approach G. A. Harrison; Part I. Hormonal Aspects of Fertility Regulation: 2. The hypothalamo-pituitary regulation of the reproductive function: towards an increasing complexity J.-C. Thalabard, M. L.Goubillon and G. Plu-Bureau; 3. Lactation, condition and sociality: constraints on fertility of non-human mammals P. C. Lee; 4. Evidence for interpopulation variation in normal ovarian function and consequences for hormonal contraception G. R. Bentley; Part II. Interpopulation Variability: 5. Age and developmental effects on human ovarian function P. T. Ellison; 6. Non-pathological source of variability in fertility: between/within subjects and between populations L. Rosetta; 7. The relationship between disease and subfecundity C. G. N. Mascie-Taylor; Part III. Metabolic and Energetic Aspects of Regulation: 8. Metabolic adaptation in humans: does it occur? P. S. Shetty; 9. Possible adaptive mechanisms for energy saving during physical activity M. Rieu; 10. Body composition and fertility: methodological considerations N. G. Norgan; 11. Breast-feeding practices and other metabolic loads affecting human reproduction P. G. Lunn; Index.

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