Victoria Harrison, MA
This pilot study investigated aspects of family emotional process, levels and patterns of reactivity, and patterns of ovulation for ten women over three months. Basal body temperature and physiological and hormonal measures indicated differences between women who did and did not ovulate. Sustained levels of reactivity were present for women with anovulatory cycles. Anovulatory women and their mothers reported absence of contact with a higher number of family members than did those women who ovulated. For those who ovulated, patterns of delayed ovulation were consistent with increases and decreases in reactivity in the course of family life.
These observations about contact and emotional cutoff between family members, about reactivity and about patterns of ovulation suggest ways in which relationships within the family influence variation in human reproduction. Although the small number of subjects prohibits statistical correlation, the differences noted in this pilot study provide a basis for extending this study to a broader population.