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Is female health cyclical? evolutionary perspectives on menstruation

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Why do some females menstruate at all? Answering this question has implications for understanding the tight links between reproductive function and organismal immunity. Here we build on the growing evidence that menstruation is the byproduct of a ‘choosy uterus’ to: (i) make the theoretical case for the idea that female immunity is cyclical in menstruating species, (ii) evaluate the evidence for the menstrual modulation of immunity and health in humans, and (iii) speculate on the implications...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1016/j.tree.2018.03.006

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Social Sciences Division
Department:
Anthropology; Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Harris Manchester College
Högqvist Tabor, V More by this author
Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Trends in Ecology and Evolution Journal website
Volume:
33
Issue:
6
Pages:
399-414
Publication date:
2018-05-16
Acceptance date:
2018-03-26
DOI:
EISSN:
1872-8383
ISSN:
0169-5347
Pubs id:
pubs:831840
URN:
uri:a42c3f5a-c178-44d1-8da0-2b3dbd6884d6
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uuid:a42c3f5a-c178-44d1-8da0-2b3dbd6884d6
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pubs:831840

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