Genetics regulates fertility

Triin Laisk-Podar is a young woman who defended her PhD dissertation in 2015 on the genetic basis of female fertility. She and her supervisors found that genes which influence the beginning of menopause are also connected to the processes happening in ovaries and that genes regulate the result and effectiveness of fertility treatments. In the future these genes could be used as possible biomarkers for specified individual fertility treatment. In Estonia this kind of research has already begun. Healthy women could also benefit from the knowledge of their fertility when planning a family. As a result of the scientific work a genetic test for determining woman’s individual fertile time period should soon be available.