Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disorder that predominantly affects young women and is characterized by low caloric intake and a major dissatisfaction with one’s body image. It is often overlooked and, while patients and family seek medical help, emaciation and nutritional misbalances may become extreme and potentially life threatening. Among the many somatic complications, an accumulation of early endocrine adaptations occurs, leading to functional amenorrhea and impaired reproduction as a result of dysfunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. Even though these conditions are reversible, long-term consequences may affect the fertility of women with AN and can lead to maternal and fetal complications during pregnancy and birth. This review presents the clinical particularities of reproduction in the context of AN, along with the possible pathophysiological mechanisms involved.
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Poterasu, Mihaela; Rowland, David L.; Ciobanu, Corina; and Fica, Simona
"Anorexia nervosa and reproduction: connecting brain to gonads,"
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences: Vol. 7:
1, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.valpo.edu/jmms/vol7/iss1/2
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