Books  Evolutionary Biology  Human Evolution & Anthropology 

Variability in Human Fertility

  • Shows how 'normal' reproductive cycles vary considerbaly both between women and for any individual
  • Discusses effect of age, breastfeeding, disease and energetics on human reproduction
  • Investigates the implications of variability in normal ovarian function for hormonal contraceptives

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 19

By: Lyliane Rosetta(Editor), CG Nicholas Mascie-Taylor(Editor)

235 pages, 14 b/w illustrations, 18 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Sep 1996 | #156161 | ISBN: 0521495695
Availability: Usually dispatched within 6 days Details
NHBS Price: £92.99 $120/€102 approx

About this book

It is widely believed that reproductive cycles are very similar between human females. However, there are in fact considerable variations both between individuals and within the reproductive life of any given individual. `Normal' reproductive cycles cover a wide range of eventualities, and the likelihood of successful monthly egg release and ensuing pregnancy can be modified by a large number of factors. In Variability in Human Fertility, the variability of human fertility is examined by first looking at the physiological processes regulating reproduction, and the roles of metabolic adaptation and metabolic load. Inter-population variation in normal ovarian function is then discussed, covering the importance of factors such as age, disease and breast-feeding in modifying ovarian function. This will be an important book for all those interested in human fertility.

Each chapter addresses a different topic and includes a fine technical overview with plenty of references for further investigation...can be recommended to anyone with an interest in human fertility. Heidi D. Fain, Quarterly Review of Biology


1. Introduction: the biological anthropological approach G. A. Harrison

Part I. Hormonal Aspects of Fertility Regulation:
2. The hypothalamo-pituitary regulation of the reproductive function: towards an increasing complexity J.-C. Thalabard, M. L.Goubillon and G. Plu-Bureau
3. Lactation, condition and sociality: constraints on fertility of non-human mammals P. C. Lee
4. Evidence for interpopulation variation in normal ovarian function and consequences for hormonal contraception G. R. Bentley

Part II. Interpopulation Variability:
5. Age and developmental effects on human ovarian function P. T. Ellison
6. Non-pathological source of variability in fertility: between/within subjects and between populations L. Rosetta
7. The relationship between disease and subfecundity C. G. N. Mascie-Taylor

Part III. Metabolic and Energetic Aspects of Regulation:
8. Metabolic adaptation in humans: does it occur? P. S. Shetty
9. Possible adaptive mechanisms for energy saving during physical activity M. Rieu
10. Body composition and fertility: methodological considerations N. G. Norgan
11. Breast-feeding practices and other metabolic loads affecting human reproduction P. G. Lunn


Write a review

There are currently no reviews for this product. Be the first to review this product!

Bestsellers in this subject

Early Humans

NHBS Price: £27.99 £34.99 (Save £7.00) $36/€31 approx

Our Human Story

NHBS Price: £14.99 $19/€16 approx

The Social Conquest of Earth

NHBS Price: £11.99 $15/€13 approx

The Cradle of Humanity

NHBS Price: £19.99 $26/€22 approx

VAT: GB 407 4846 44
NHBS Ltd is registered in England and Wales: 1875194