About this Research Topic
• Chemicals like dioxin are associated with endometriosis via the induction of inappropriate estrogen production.
• Exposure to Phthalates, bisphenol A, pesticides and tobacco reduces the ovarian supply of oocytes resulting in premature ovarian insufficiency leading to an earlier age of menopause onset.
• Air pollution and increases in average ambient temperature have both been associated with preterm birth and low birth weight
The impacts of the changing global climate on human fertility and fecundity will have large consequences for population distribution over space and time. Developing a comprehensive understanding of the mechanistic underpinnings of the response to climate change will improve our ability to predict and to mitigate maladaptive biological responses to rapidly changing environments for generations to come.
The goal of this Research Topic will be to assess the current knowledge base and raise awareness of the potential impacts of global changes on female reproductive health and function.
We are interested in studies investigating a wide range of environmental factors that may affect the female reproductive tract and its function. This could include review articles, as well as cohort studies, or discovery science investigating mechanistic impacts of factors arising due to a changing global climate.
Studies may span, but are not limited to, impacts of:
- water quality and/or supply
- food quality and/or supply
- agricultural contaminants
- industrial contaminants
- air pollutants and/or quality
- altered temperatures
- climate change
- impacts of extreme climactic weather events
- impacts of natural disasters
Keywords: Environment, Climate change, Pollution, Pregnancy, Female fertility
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