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concerns. By the end of these lessons, students should be able to describe: 1. fertility health indicators. 2. The relationship of lifestyle factors to fertility. 3. Major contributors to reproductive health across the course of the life cycle.

(see the powerpoint files on the website/Eubios CD)


Lee: Now, I know you are the author of the lifestyle and fertility chapter. As I was teaching this chapter, it occurred to me that a lot of young college students have had repeated abortions that may lead to infertility in their later life.  Is it possible to put into consideration putting some of the materials on this in your text?

Pollard: Yes, I would pleased to add something like that, I would like to add another segment but I still have to discuss this with Darryl.  And perhaps another chapter that I would like to do that would incorporate something like that.

Lee: I think it is very related

Pollard: Yes, I think it is very related especially in countries where contraceptions are not legally available to the unmarried woman and the result would be abortion or the birth of an unwanted child, and this is a very big issue. I feel very strongly about it.

Wawrzyniak: I would like to ask your advice , what optimal emotional state should me and my wife should be if we are to make a child?

Pollard: If the chemistry is right and if you are very attracted to that person and it is mutual, that’s when the hormones are vigorous, the sperm count elevated, the woman ovulates frequently, and that is actually a good time to have a biological reason to have fertilization. However, I wouldn’t say that’s an optimal stage, and a lot of young people do get pregnant when the pheromones are running. So I would say, at a stage where there is a mature relationship, when you are getting on well with a deep level understanding, that’s when you should get pregnant. Did I answer your question?

Sivakami: I would like to question the ethics of putting the sperm in the zona pellucida since it lacks motility, it is defective so it might result in a defective child.

Pollard: In assisted reproductive technology , that’s what it is. In male infertility, the sperm can not reach the egg.  The only way for that male to have his genetic offspring is by use of technology. And that is partly a personal choice, because it is available; and partly the medical profession and society at large have a responsibility to inform. And that’s what’s the other chapter’s all about.  

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