Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

National Women’s Health Week. Each year, Mother’s Day marks the beginning of National Women’s Health Week, a time to focus on prevention as well as behaviors women can incorporate to enhance their health and well-being. Here, Kaitlyn McOsker summarized a 2018 article by Del Río et al explaining the significance of the natural fluctuations of estrogen and progesterone and their vital role in mood, cognition, memory, and overall mental health.

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

The Relationship Between Stress and PMS

Mental Health Awareness Month. A standardized assessment of stress and common symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) would elicit a clearer understanding of the correlation between them. This is one of the conclusions of a meta-analysis published by Lee and Im in 2016 in Health Care for Women International, titled, “Stress and Premenstrual Symptoms in Reproductive-Aged Women.” Anastasia Bjelopetrovich reviewed the research while on the fertility awareness elective taught by FACTS through Georgetown University School of Medicine. Her interesting summary opens this month’s series to raise awareness about the intersection between common gynecologic conditions, fertility, and mental health.

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

Depression Among Infertile Women in Nigeria

FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. Our series on infertility continues this week with review of a research study titled, “Depression among infertile women in Ogbomosoland,” published by Oladeji and OlaOlorun in 2017. The article was reviewed by fourth-year medical student, Jeong Lee, while on the FACTS elective.

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

Stress and Its Impact on Infertility: A Research Review

FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. Our month long series on infertility continues by examining the impact of stress on infertility. While participating in the FACTS online elective, Michal Dusza summarized a research article published in 2018 in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience by Rooney and Domar titled, “The relationship between stress and infertility.” Dusza’s synopsis of their research focuses on the article’s review of psychiatric disorders associated with infertility treatment involving assisted reproductive technology (ART), and whether the symptoms impact the outcome of treatment.

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

Lifestyle Factors and their Impact on Fertility: A Review

FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. Our series to raise awareness and share the FACTS about infertility continues by examining the impact of lifestyle factors on fertility in both men and women. Heidi Bau summarized the 2013 article published in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics by Petraglia et al titled, “The changing prevalence of infertility.” Her review ends by discussing the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) in the workup and management of infertility.

Hormonal Balance and the Female Brain: A Review

FABM Applications in Subfertility: A Research Review

FACTS Infertility Awareness Series. This outstanding article opens our April series to raise awareness about infertility and the many aspects of health and wellbeing affected by this condition. Jenna Karrow wrote it while on the online FACTS fertility awareness elective now attended by 192 students since the fall of 2020. She summarized the research article titled, “‘Fertility Awareness-Based Methods’ and subfertility: a systematic review” published by Thijssen et al in 2014.

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