Cristina Lavopa

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BACKGROUND Women affected by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are known to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease. The aim of this study was to identify the artery that first is affected by early pre-atherosclerotic changes in PCOS. METHODS Twenty-nine women with PCOS aged 17 to 27 years and 26 healthy nonhyperandrogenic volunteers with regular(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the addition of finasteride (a 5-reductase inhibitor) to conventional protocol of ovarian stimulation with gonadotropin can improve ovarian follicular growth in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) women who did not respond to previous stimulation with gonadotropin alone. DESIGN Double-blind randomized study. SETTING Outpatient(More)
Endometriosis is an estrogen-correlated benign disease characterized by a marked ability of endometrial-like cells to invade and proliferate outside uterine cavity, resembling for some invasive aspect the cancer growth. The molecular mechanisms regulating endometrial cell invasiveness are mostly unknown, although interactions between extracellular matrix(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the hypothesis that pretreatment with estrogens in women affected by premature ovarian failure (POF) may improve the results of ovarian stimulation. DESIGN Double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. SETTING Outpatient department in an academic research environment. PATIENT(S) Fifty women with POF seeking pregnancy. (More)
BACKGROUND To verify the feasibility of ovarian stromal evaluation and correlate ovarian parameteres (echogenicity and volume) with hyperandrogenism, and both cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors in PCOS. METHODS Twenty four young PCOS patients and twelve age-matched control women were enrolled. Diagnosis of PCOS was based on the Rotterdam criteria.(More)
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