Teen hormone may aid infertile women
- Teen hormone may aid infertile women
- 10 March 2007
- NewScientist.com news service
TEENAGE pregnancies may be a bane of society, but the hormone that triggers teen fertility may soon help older infertile women to have babies. Called kisspeptin, the hormone can boost flagging concentrations of luteinising hormone (LH), which triggers ovulation.
In trials of kisspeptin in six fertile women, the hormone boosted LH production 20-fold at precisely the time it is needed - in the pre-ovulation phase of the menstrual cycle. "This is the first study in women showing that it works," says Waljit Dhillo, head of a team at Hammersmith Hospital in London, which presented its findings this week in Birmingham at a meeting organised by the UK Society for Endocrinology. The next step is to test the treatment in infertile women.
Dhillo hopes that kisspeptin treatment will mean infertile women will avoid the side effects of taking LH directly. These include hyperstimulation of the ovaries to release too many eggs at once, which increases the frequency of multiple births.From issue 2594 of New Scientist magazine, 10 March 2007, page 7