Kisspeptin: What to ask your fertility doctor

newseventsimagesKisspeptin is proving to be an important factor in infertility.  Kisspeptins are a group of peptides that stimulate GnRH release and are required for puberty and maintenance of normal reproductive function.

When kisspeptin cannot act properly on its target cells in the body, it causes infertility in humans.  In a 2014 study by Imperial College London, they compared blood levels of kisspeptin in women who successfully carried pregnancies to term and women who miscarried. In women who miscarried, levels of kisspeptin were 60% lower than those found in women who carried their pregnancies to term.

Furthermore, kisspeptin may reduce the risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, a serious condition that sometimes occurs in women undergoing IVF treatments.

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