Reproductive endocrinology: quo vadis? Scientific, social, ethical and economic challenges. Academic Article uri icon


  • IntroductionMedicine is racing from triumph to triumph, but somehow the more it achieves, the less it satisfies. Medicine does not seem able to fulfil the ever-increasing expectations that have been raised by the promise of new breakthroughs. Until the mid-sixties, medical research was primarily driven by the desire to cure sick people, today the shift in research is focusing on the understanding of disease processes and the prevention of disease as well as in improving the quality of life. This is also true for reproductive health. According to a position paper by The World Health Organization (WHO)1, reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and its functions and processes. Reproductive health, therefore, implies that people are able to have a satisfying and safe sex life and that they have the capability to reproduce and the freedom to decide if, when and how o...

publication date

  • January 1, 1998