Stress and the Adolescent’s Reproductive System
Surprisingly little is known about the role of stress in the pathogenesis of abnormalities in reproductive function among adolescents. A number of factors have contributed to the dearth of information and include the fact that menstrual irregularity is assumed to be normal among teenagers and often not investigated as a result of this assumption; the fact that teenagers rarely present to physicians for evaluation of infertility; that stress is often assumed to be part of the definition of adolescence, and finally, because studies of stress and reproduction systematically exclude subjects under 18 years.
KeywordsAnorexia Nervosa Polycystic Ovary Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Adrenal Medulla Menstrual Irregularity
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