Stress and fertility

  • Judith A. Ramaley
Part of the Biology and Environment book series (SBES)

Abstract

In 1936, Seyle defined stress as ‘the non-specific response of the body to any demand’. This response was thought to be a stereotyped sequence that unfolds whenever an appropriate stimulus (‘stressor’) is present. The events described included, first, a generalised alarm reaction which was followed by an adaptive intermediate period of relative adjustment and return to homeostasis. If the stress persisted, there could be an exhaustion or failure of the regulatory system involved. The entire set of events, culminating in a breakdown of physiological regulation, was named the general adaptation syndrome by Seyle.

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