According to this Reuters article at Revolution Health, intriguing research being published in the Journal of Neuroscience points to a protein molecule in the brain as being essential to kick-starting ovulation.
Explaining the origins of infertility to patients isn't always easy. Often by the time I see someone in my office, they're frustrated, sad, and sometimes angry about all they've tried unsuccessfully to have a baby. They come to me wanting relatively simple answers to "why?" and "how?" Unfortunately, I can't always give those simple answers.
Keeping up with research in medical fields on the outer edges of reproductive endocrinology can sometimes increase my reference list, so to speak, to help patients grasp all the possibilities that may apply to their situation.
This latest research finding is one of many that are building to a more complete understanding of how the tiniest parts of the brain can have very big consequences in a person's life.