Preliminary evidence for reduced cortisol responsivity to psychological stress in women using oral contraceptive medication.

@article{Kirschbaum1995PreliminaryEF,
  title={Preliminary evidence for reduced cortisol responsivity to psychological stress in women using oral contraceptive medication.},
  author={Clemens Kirschbaum and Karl Martin Pirke and Dirk H. Hellhammer},
  journal={Psychoneuroendocrinology},
  year={1995},
  volume={20 5},
  pages={509-14}
}
In two studies, saliva cortisol responses to the psychological stress of public speaking and mental arithmetic were investigated in women using oral contraceptives (OC; n = 28) and in control women (n = 29). While no significant differences in baseline levels were observed, altered adrenocortical responses were found in OC users. These women showed significantly attenuated cortisol responses to the experimental stressor in both studies, with peak cortisol levels only slightly elevated above… CONTINUE READING
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