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Neurology. 2000 Nov 28;55(10):1572-5.

Menstrual-related changes in motoric function in women with Parkinson's disease.

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Department of Neurological Sciences, Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center, Rush University, Chicago, IL, USA.


Questionnaire studies have found that parkinsonism worsens in women during the premenstrual period, when estrogen and progesterone levels are presumably at their nadir. To assess this patient-based observation and correlate motor signs with hormonal levels, the authors prospectively studied 10 menstruating women with PD in their "off" state, on 5 successive weeks. Although PD severity fluctuated during the study period, there was no significant correlation between the objective or subjective measures of parkinsonism and estrogen and progesterone levels.

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