The Menstrual Cycle

The Menstrual Cycle : Physiology, Reproductive Disorders and Infertility

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The Menstrual Cycle is written to clarify in a logical and didactic fashion the sequence of events that characterize the human menstrual cycle. Each major participant involved in the cycle, the brain, the pitutary gland, the ovary, and the uterus is discussed and its contribution specifically outlined. The authors trace the physiologic events within each of these organs, describe the hormones by which they communicate, and outline how critical aspects of the cycle are synchronized so that on ovulatory cycle can occur. Thus neuroendocrine control of the menstrual cycle is examined in detail, and the processes of follicular development, maturation, ovulation, and maintenance of the corpus luteum are thoroughly covered. The authors then turn to pathophysiology and examine the conditions under which the menstrual cycle may become abnormal. Pathophysiological mechanisms that cause cycle disturbance, anovulation, and infertility are reviewed, as are clinical presentations of common menstrual disorders and their treatment. Progress in reproductive biology has been rapid, and the research spans several disciplines. In this volume information dispersed in many publications has been synthesized and concisely presented. The book will give its readers an indepth understanding of the processes that control reproductive function in the more

Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 153.9 x 239.3 x 20.3mm | 694.01g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous black and white photographs, line drawings and tables
  • 0195061934
  • 9780195061932

Table of contents

1. The reproductive cycle: An overview; 2. The neuroendocrine component: The hypothalamic-pituitary unit; 3. The ovarian component; 4. Hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian communication; 5. The genital tract; 6. The fertile menstrual cycle; 7. The first menstrual cycle: Adolescence and puberty; 8. The last menstrual cycle: The climacteric and menopause; 9. The abnormal menstrual cycle: Introduction; 10. Introduction to the pathophysiology of the menstrual cycle; 11. Diagnosis of menstrual cycle dysfunction; 12. Menstrual cycle dysfunction: Enhanced androgen secretion; 13. Therapeutic approaches to acyclicity; 14. Hormonal contraceptives; 15. The premenstrual syndromeshow more

About Michel Ferin

Dr. Michel Ferin is Professor of Physiology in the Center for Reproductive Sciences at Columbia University. He is an expert in basic and applied research in the physiology and neuroendocrinology of the female reproductive system. Dr. Raphael Jewelewicz is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at Columbia University. He is one of the most experienced in reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the US. Dr. Michelle Warren is an expert on hypothalmic amenorrhea and women's hormonal problems and a pioneer in research on the effects of exercise and diet on the reproductive system and osteoporosis. She is Associate Professor of Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Medicine, and Head of Reproductive Endocrinology at Columbia more