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CONTEXT Aberrant estrogen synthesis and metabolism have been suggested to increase local estradiol (E2) concentration in endometriosis and thus to promote the growth of the lesions. However, tissue estrogen concentrations within the endometrium and different types of endometriosis lesions have not been described. OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is secreted by granulosa cells of ovarian early developing follicles and its serum levels have been shown to correlate with small antral follicle number. Since the pronounced androgen secretion from follicles/stroma in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) remains until late reproductive age, and since AMH(More)
BACKGROUND The role of metformin in the treatment of infertility in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is still controversial. OBJECTIVE AND OUTCOMES: We investigated whether metformin decreases the early miscarriage rate and improves the pregnancy rates (PR) and live-birth rates (LBR) in PCOS. METHODS This was a multicenter, randomized (1:1),(More)
CONTEXT Women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are known to suffer from hyperandrogenism and impaired glucose tolerance, as well as chronic inflammation, exposing them to an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, the degree to which these hormonal and metabolic alterations persist after menopause (MP) is not well documented. OBJECTIVE(More)
BACKGROUND The role of decreasing testosterone levels influencing lipid metabolism in aging men is not well established. METHODS We studied 1619 40 to 69-year old men with andropausal symptoms, who underwent measurements of serum testosterone, triglycerides, total-, and HDL-cholesterol. RESULTS Testosterone (mean 15.25 nmol/l+/-5.43 S.D., range 3.6-45.0(More)
Impaired semen quality and testicular cancer may be linked through a testicular dysgenesis syndrome of foetal origin. The incidence of testis cancer has been shown to increase among Finnish men, whereas there is no recent publication describing temporal trends in semen quality. Therefore, we carried out a prospective semen quality study and a registry study(More)
Breast-feeding reduces fertility, and this seems to be related, in part, to an enhancement of the sensitivity of the GnRH system to the negative feedback effects of estradiol related to suckling. Previously, we showed that short-term treatment with small doses of estradiol delivered transdermally suppress plasma gonadotropin concentrations in breast-feeding(More)
BACKGROUND Total and free testosterone decrease gradually in men with advancing age but it is not completely known how lower levels of testosterone are related with various cardiovascular risk factors. We studied the levels of total testosterone, calculated free testosterone and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), and their relations with cardiovascular(More)
Human epididymal secretory protein E4 (HE4, also known as WAP four-disulphide core domain protein 2) is a new promising biomarker for ovarian cancer but its specificity against ovarian endometriotic cysts is only superficially known. We, thus, analysed serum HE4 concentrations together with a tumour marker CA125 in serum samples of women diagnosed with(More)
We have developed an immunofluorometric assay (IFMA) for rat (r) LH, which is based on two monoclonal antibodies, one to bovine and the other to human LH. Signal detection occurs by time-resolved fluorescence evoked by a europium label (Delfia, Wallac). The method is fast in comparison to the standard RIA with the NIDDK reagents (4 h vs. 3 days). The(More)