Dr. Berga explains what serotonin is and how important it is to women.
So serotonin is a major neurotransmitter that keeps the brain functioning and it plays a role in cognition and mood and possibly memory, as well as things like appetite and metabolism. So it’s one of these ever-present neurotransmitters that we know plays a role in diseases and in health.
So, we think that you need the right amount of serotonin and all the different regions of the brain to keep the brain operating well and the story about serotonin being low in depression has stood the test of time. People think that if the serotonin is too low, the brain is not going to function optimally and has attributes that we call depressed.
We also know that things that raised serotonin levels actually raise mood to a good level. So, serotonin is one of these super important neurotransmitters for brain health.
About Dr. Berga, M.D.:
Dr. Sarah Berga is professor and chairman in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine. She is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and later held an Obstetrics and Gynecology General Hospital Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Berga’s research focuses on understanding the impact of psychogenic and metabolic stresses upon the reproductive system and as a cause of infertility, among other topics.
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