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Why could malnutrition cause anovulation?

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Dr. Susan Wingo
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
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In brief: Stress response

Malnutrition, whether due to famine, intestinal disease, anorexia nervosa, or extreme dieting, is physically stressful to the body, and results in high levels of cortisol.
High cortisol levels suppress the pituitary hormones that trigger ovulation. This is beneficial in the long run because it lowers birth rates in times of famine, and reduces the number of deaths from starvation.

In brief: Stress response

Malnutrition, whether due to famine, intestinal disease, anorexia nervosa, or extreme dieting, is physically stressful to the body, and results in high levels of cortisol.
High cortisol levels suppress the pituitary hormones that trigger ovulation. This is beneficial in the long run because it lowers birth rates in times of famine, and reduces the number of deaths from starvation.
Dr. Susan Wingo
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Dr. Robert Lang
Mother Nature is very wise. It is well known that deficiency of vitamins and minerals will cause birth defects. The best known is spina bifida and other neural tube defects with folic acid deficiency. A woman needs good nutrition to produce a healthy baby.
Dr. Victor Beshay
Fertility Medicine
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In brief: Hormone production

In the case of underweight, there is inadeqaute hormone production which affects egg development in the ovary.

In brief: Hormone production

In the case of underweight, there is inadeqaute hormone production which affects egg development in the ovary.
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