Nuns' Urine

Nuns' Urine

In the early days of in vitro fertilization, fertility drugs for women were originally sourced from the urine of menopausal nuns in Italy. In the 1960s researchers realized that menopausal women’s urine contained high levels of the hormones that stimulated ovulation. As the ovaries decline, the pituitary gland raises these hormone levels in an intensifying attempt to release the remaining eggs.

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