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‘Maternity blues’ and hormone levels in saliva

Authors
Journal
Journal of Affective Disorders
0165-0327
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
6
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DOI: 10.1016/s0165-0327(84)80013-0
Keywords
  • Hormone Levels In Saliva
  • ‘Maternity Blues’

Abstract

Summary Psychological symptoms were monitored for 5 days post partum, and specimens of saliva were taken for assays of cortisol, progesterone and oestradiol. Of 40 normal primiparous mothers, the 5 who experienced most severe ‘maternity blues’ were matched with 5 who were symptom-free. On the day of symptoms, concentrations of progesterone and oestradiol were significantly higher in the experimental group ( P < 0.02 and < 0.05, respectively), but mean cortisol concentrations did not differ between the groups. This pilot study has demonstrated the potential value of using a non-invasive technique (obtaining specimens of saliva) in conjunction with determinations of a predictable mood change.

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