Research could help infertility and contraception

There’s a design fault in females.

We spend 40 odd years potentially being able to have children when most probably only want to conceive a couple of times.

Then some women who’ve spent years trying not to have children find, when they want to become mothers, that they can’t without medical scientific assitsance if at all.

And while there are all those deseprately wanting to have babies who aren’t able to, there are others who find they’re preganant and don’t want to and tragically some have children they can’t, or won’t care for.

University of Otago scientists have made a discovery which might help with a couple of these problems because their findings could result in new treatments for infertility and also lead to new contraceptives.

An Otago University group, led by Prof Allan Herbison, of the physiology department, has shown for the first time the key ovulation-triggering role of kisspeptin, which is a small protein molecule in the brain.

In 2003, researchers overseas found that the then recently-discovered molecule, dubbed kisspeptin, was vitally important in kick-starting puberty.

The Otago group, working with Cambridge University researchers, has now just published the first evidence that kisspeptin signalling in the brain is also essential for ovulation to occur in adults.

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