Sexual Function Same in OCP, Injectable Progestin Users

Users' hormone levels are different, but desire and arousal similar

FRIDAY, Dec. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Users of combined oral contraceptives (COC) and depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) have significantly different sex hormone levels, but no differences in sexual function, according to research published in the December issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Jonathan A. Schaffir, M.D., of the Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, and colleagues conducted a study of 50 sexually active COC and DMPA users who completed the Female Sexual Function Index questionnaire and had serum testosterone and estradiol levels measured.

The researchers found that COC users had significantly lower levels of free testosterone compared to DMPA users (0.2 versus 0.6 pg/mL) and higher levels of estradiol (75.8 versus 62.8 pg/mL). Sexual desire and arousal scores were not significantly different.

"Our study demonstrates that sexual function is not necessarily related to hormonal changes influenced by the use of contraception. Women who are successfully using hormonal contraception may be reassured that these changes are not likely to impact their sexual experience," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2010 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95

The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95

Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95

More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.

Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events