Autoimmune diseases may be more likely to occur in females rather than males due to their immune systems having to adapt to pregnancy according to a new study.
The study, titled “The Pregnancy Pickle: Evolved Immune Compensation Due to Pregnancy Underlies Sex Differences in Human Diseases,” was published in the journal Trends in Genetics.
The hypothesis is that the female immune system has evolved to deal with two opposing pressures. One to stop illness and parasites and the other to not attack a growing fetus. Now that women are not either nursing or pregnant most of their lives, researchers believe that might contribute to the fact women develop autoimmune disease more often than men.
You can read Marisa Wexler’s full report on this study below:
This article is about a new company that tracks the fertility of women ages 21 to 40. This is due to the fact many women wait until in their 30’s to start having children, so these companies help women to track their ovarian reserve. This helps them understand the options they have going forward.
This article gives you 5 reasons why you may want to have this testing done and was on PureWow.com It does have a link if you are interested in the testing.
And lastly, I found this article on postpartum depression. I have had several friends who have suffered with this and it’s awful! If you know someone who has just had a baby, please be aware of the symptoms, they may need help!
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