Is Infertility Linked to Your Brain?

Holy Hormones Journal:

biofeedback-580x410Is your hand linked to your arm – your neck linked to your head – ok, ok. Let’s try it this why: instead of the word ‘linked’ let’s use ‘connected’. Make more sense? The answer is everything is connected to everything. And the brain is the motherboard…. and if the motherboard ain’t happy – no one is happy.¬† Yes, fertility begins and ends in with your brain functioning. There is a direct connection between those hormone messengers and the ovaries.¬† Such good new for so many infertile couples.

I just heard from two women I consulted with who now use broad spectrum micronutrients after years of birth control and anti-depressant use – and they have successfully gotten pregnant.

Let’s bring women’s wisdom and intuition back into healing. Neuroscience is an incredible new field that this altering the landscape of addiction, mental illness and infertility.

Brain could be the key to fertility – research

TVNZ
Published: 11:30AM Saturday September 21, 2013 Source: Fairfax

Scientists exploring the brain’s reproductive wiring have made a discovery that could end heartache for thousands of infertile couples.

It could also free millions of women worldwide from reliance on the pill and its side effects.

Researchers, led by Otago University neuroscientist Professor Allan Herbison, have found the switch that turns normal fertility signals in the brain on and off.

“These findings open up avenues for tackling what is often a really heart-breaking health issue. Infertility is a major issue affecting millions of people worldwide,” Prof Herbison said.

Estimates show up to 20 per cent of New Zealand couples are infertile, while up to one-third of female infertility cases may involve disorders in the area being studied. The final piece in the puzzle was finding the trigger site between a small protein known as kisspeptin and its receptor, called Gpr54.

Mutant mice that were missing the receptor in a specific neuron were infertile and did not go through puberty – but the researchers showed the infertile mice could go back to normal fertility by placing the receptor gene only in the targeted neurons.

Kisspeptin’s crucial role in fertility was discovered a decade ago but now researchers have pinpointed the exact spot the protein acts – meaning it can be targeted with drugs.

“If your kisspeptin is not working or there’s a problem in the link between the brain and the ovary they will not communicate properly and you will become infertile,” Prof Herbison said.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.