Lack of beta-endorphin plasma level rise in oxytocin-induced labor.

@article{Genazzani1985LackOB,
  title={Lack of beta-endorphin plasma level rise in oxytocin-induced labor.},
  author={Andrea Riccardo Genazzani and Felice Petraglia and Fabio Facchinetti and Paolo A Galli and Annibale Volpe},
  journal={Gynecologic and obstetric investigation},
  year={1985},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={130-4}
}
beta-Endorphin (beta-EP), beta-lipotropin (beta-LPH) and cortisol plasma levels were measured during labor in 18 pregnant women. In 7 cases labor progressed spontaneously and in 11 cases oxytocin (5 mIU/min) was administered to stimulate uterine contractions. In control and oxytocin-treated subjects hourly blood samples were taken until delivery. In spontaneous labor all three hormones showed a progressive and significant increase until parturition. In oxytocin-treated patients, however, both… CONTINUE READING