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The push-pull cannula technique was used to evaluate the role of the medial preoptic/anterior hypothalamic area (MPO) in regulating pituitary luteinizing hormone (LH) and prolactin release. The concentrations of the three catecholamines--dopamine, norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E)--and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate could be measured in(More)
In a controlled cross-over design study performed with 14 female subjects, serum hormone levels, the EEG and a number of performance tests were recorded during spontaneous and oral contraceptive-controlled menstrual cycles. The mean alpha-frequency showed cyclic changes, i.e. slower alpha-waves during the follicular phase and faster alpha-waves during the(More)
OBJECTIVES In the present study, therapeutic effects of the Cimicifuga racemosa preparation CR BNO 1055 (Klimadynon/Menofem) on climacteric complaints, bone metabolism and endometrium will be compared with those of conjugated estrogens (CE) and placebo. The question whether CR BNO 1055 contains substances with selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM)(More)
A competitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for quantitating gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) mRNA level in a single micropunch of the rat preoptic area (POA) is described. The POA (600 microns in depth) was micropunched from frozen rat brain slices and used for mRNA isolation using Dynabeads-oligo(dT) magnetic separation technique. The target RNA(More)
The formation, normal function and destruction of corpora lutea are essential features of normal reproduction. Although the formation of corpora lutea from follicles is largely dependent on pituitary gonadotrophins, the process of luteolysis is locally regulated and poorly understood. The corpus luteum consists of several steroidogenic and nonsteroidogenic(More)
Extracts of the fruits of chaste tree (Vitex agnus castus = AC) are widely used to treat premenstrual symptoms. Double-blind placebo-controlled studies indicate that one of the most common premenstrual symptoms, i.e. premenstrual mastodynia (mastalgia) is beneficially influenced by an AC extract. In addition, numerous less rigidly controlled studies(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the contraceptive reliability, cycle control and tolerability of a new monophasic oral contraceptive containing 30 g ethinylestradiol plus 3 mg drospirenone (Yasmin, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), it was compared with an established oral contraceptive containing 30 g ethinylestradiol plus 150 g desogestrel (Marvelon, NV Organon, Oss, The(More)
OBJECTIVES This review presents findings with clear statements from the literature as well as own results of effects of soy, red clover and their isoflavones as well as of the Cimicifuga racemosa extract BNO 1055. Experimental and clinical effects on climacteric complaints, osteoprotective effects, activity in the urogenital tract, and risks concerning(More)