Exercise and Human Reproduction

Induced Fertility Disorders and Possible Therapies

  • Diana Vaamonde
  • Stefan S du Plessis
  • Ashok Agarwal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Luis Jiménez-Reina, Pieter Johann Maartens, Ignacio Jimena-Medina, Ashok Agarwal, Stefan S. du Plessis
    Pages 1-17
  3. Juan Andrés Ramírez-González, Ricardo Vaamonde-Lemos, Joao Sabino Cunha-Filho, Alex C. Varghese, R. James Swanson
    Pages 19-46
  4. Sergio Oehninger, R. James Swanson, Roberto Matorras
    Pages 47-67
  5. Marzo Edir Da Silva-Grigoletto, Juan Ramón Heredia Elvar
    Pages 69-74
  6. Diana Vaamonde, Ashok Agarwal, Stefan S. du Plessis, Carolina Algar-Santacruz, Thinus Frans Kruger
    Pages 101-124
  7. Anthony C. Hackney, William J. Kraemer, David R. Hooper
    Pages 125-143
  8. Amy R. Lane, Alberto Da Costa Stein, Vanessa Krebs Genro
    Pages 145-152
  9. Juan Manuel García-Manso, Teresa Valverde Esteve
    Pages 153-165
  10. Rebecca J. Mallinson, Jenna C. Gibbs, Mary Jane De Souza
    Pages 167-185
  11. Jenna C. Gibbs, Rebecca J. Mallinson, Mary Jane De Souza
    Pages 187-207
  12. Kathryn E. Ackerman, Maria de Lourdes Eguiguren, Michelle Barrack
    Pages 209-228
  13. Juan Manuel García-Manso, Teresa Valverde Esteve
    Pages 229-238
  14. Sarah J. Moss, Andries Fourie van Oort, Yves Schutz
    Pages 253-285
  15. Heather C. M. Allaway, Rebecca J. Mallinson, Mary Jane De Souza
    Pages 287-302
  16. Pieter Johann Maartens, Jason Peng, Ashok Agarwal, Diana Vaamonde, Stefan S. du Plessis
    Pages 303-315
  17. Diana Vaamonde, Juan Marcelo Fernández, Carolina Algar-Santacruz, Juan Manuel García-Manso
    Pages 331-347
  18. Diana Vaamonde, Stefan S. du Plessis, Ashok Agarwal
    Pages E1-E1
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 351-353

About this book


Providing a comprehensive review of the interactions between exercise and human reproduction, this unique text focuses on both the positive and negative consequences of sport and physical activity on male and female fertility and infertility and the biological mechanisms and processes behind them. Beginning with a review of the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems as well as fertilization and gestation, the discussion then turns to the physiology and endocrinology of sport and exercise, which is further elaborated in subsequent chapters on the impact of physical activity, hormonal changes, pathologies, and consequences of drug use for active men and women. Additional chapters address related topics, such as the impact of sport on young athletes and developing reproductive potential, physical activity and pregnancy, the use of oral contraceptives in athletes, oxidative stress, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies on athletes’ fertility, with a final chapter providing recommendations and therapeutic guidelines for exercise-related reproductive disorders. Covering everything from  the fundamental principles of sports physiology and human reproductive potential to the interaction between physical exercise and the endocrinology of the reproductive system, Exercise and Human Reproduction is an authoritative resource for helping clinicians understand how the reproductive system adapts to activity and exercise and offers strategies to avoid potential harm to human reproduction.


Anabolic steroid Endurance training Exercise Hormonal change Infertility Oxidative stress Physical activity Reproduction Reproductive system Risk biotype Semen alteration Sport Sports physiology Strength training

Editors and affiliations

  • Diana Vaamonde
    • 1
  • Stefan S du Plessis
    • 2
  • Ashok Agarwal
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Morphological SciencesUniversity of Cordoba Department of Morphological SciencesCordobaSpain
  2. 2.Division of Medical PhysiologyStellenbosch University TygerbergSouth Africa
  3. 3.Cleveland Clinic FoundationAmerican Centre for Reproductive Medicin Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4939-3400-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4939-3402-7
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