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Horm Res. 1991;35(5):182-4.

Salivary testosterone measurements among women: relative magnitude of circadian and menstrual cycles.

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Department of Psychology, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Abstract

Measures of testosterone among women are potentially useful in behavioral research, but information is needed on how much error is introduced by variability across the menstrual cycle. Morning and evening salivary testosterone concentrations were measured at weekly intervals across one menstrual cycle in each of 22 women, using the luteinizing hormone surge to mark midcycle. Menstrual cycles were statistically significant but smaller than daily cycles or individual differences. Menstrual cycle effects can be ignored in most research relating psychological and behavioral variables to individual differences in testosterone.

PMID:
1802820
DOI:
10.1159/000181899
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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