Unravelling anti-reproductive trenches: a physiological perspective

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Iranloye, B.O
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University of Lagos Press and Bookshop Limited
I developed an interest in reproductive physiology over the years as a student and in my PhD research, I set out and looked at how nicotine the active part of cigarette/tobacco can affect reproductive function. A year into my Ph.D, I got married and had a delay in child-bearing. This deepens my love for reproductive physiology and the desire to discover factors that can cause dysfunction in the reproductive system. Madam Vice Chancellor, my lecture is titled: “UNRAVELLING ANTI-REPRODUCTIVE TRENCHES: A PHYSIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE”. In this lecture, I intend to outline the unsuspecting factors wagging war against reproductive function/fertility. Some of these factors are obscured and we do not readily think of them as possible causes of reproductive dysfunction. Madam Vice Chancellor, Prof. C.N. Anigbogu in his inaugural lecture given in 2015, admitted that God is the first Physiologist (Gen. 1-3) because he breath into man and man became a living being. I would also like to add that God is also the first Reproductive Physiologist. In Gen. 1:27 & 28 the Bible says “…So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen.1:27-28a). God’s pronouncement is that we increase in number meaning that we reproduce but several factors distort the reproductive system causing its dysfunction, leading to infertility and thus, preventing us from increasing in number. Most people especially in Africa believe infertility is the result of a spiritual attack or “the work of their enemies”. So, they tend to focus more on this. Unfortunately, there are these “trenches” which unknown to us are working against the divine proclamation by God for us to procreate and increase in number. Madam Vice Chancellor, I have worked in the sub-division, Reproductive Endocrinology, and my research activities in the last 30 years have been concerned with identifying the trenches 4 that control normal and abnormal reproductive functions and how they work to cause dysfunction in our reproductive system (their mechanism of action). The functions of the reproductive system include producing gametes called eggs, secreting sex hormones, providing a site for fertilization, implantation, and gestation of a fetus if fertilization occurs. Any discrepancies in the pathways of any of these can lead to infertility. It is appropriate at this point to first understand what Physiology is as well as Reproductive Endocrinology
An Inaugural Lecture Series
Iranloye, B.O. (2023). Unravelling anti-reproductive trenches: a physiological perspective. An Inaugural Lecture Delivered at the University of Lagos, Akoka, 94p.