Title: Negative affect is unrelated to fluctuations in hormone levels across the menstrual cycle : evidence from a multisite observational study across two successive cycles
Authors : Hengartner, Michael Pascal
Kruger, Tillmann H. C.
Geraedts, Kirsten
Tronci, Enrico
Mancini, Toni
Ille, Fabian
Egli, Marcel
Röblitz, Susanna
Ehrig, Rainald
Saleh, Lanja
Spanaus, Katharina
Schippert, Cordula
Zhang, Yuanyuan
Leeners, Brigitte
Published in : Journal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume(Issue) : 99
Pages : 21
Pages to: 27
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier Inc.
Issue Date: 2017
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (Publication)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Background: Female sex hormones may play a crucial role in the occurrence of cycle-related mood disorders. However, the literature is inconsistent and methodologically stringent observational studies on the relationship between sex hormones and negative affect are lacking. Methods: In this longitudinal multisite study from Hannover, Germany, and Zurich, Switzerland, we examined oestrogen, progesterone, luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and testosterone serum levels in association with negative affect as measured with the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule (PANAS). Negative affect and hormone assays were collected at four consecutive time points comprising menstrual, pre-ovulatory, mid-luteal and premenstrual phase across two cycles (n = 87 and n = 67 for the first and second cycles). The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was assessed once prior to the first cycle and included as a secondary measure. Results: Mean negative affect scores did not significantly fluctuate across both cycles and there was in particular no symptom increase premenstrually. No sex hormone consistently related to repeated measures of negative affect across two consecutive cycles. The BDI sum-score assessed at baseline was not related to hormone levels across the first cycle. Conclusions: This is the first multisite longitudinal study on the association between negative affect and sex hormone levels encompassing two consecutive menstrual cycles. Negative affect did not fluctuate across the cycle and there was no direct and uniform association between sex hormones and self-reported negative affect. These findings suggest that moderators such as personality traits and epigenetics should be considered in future research.
Departement: Angewandte Psychologie
Publication type: Article in scientific Journal
DOI : 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2017.05.018
ISSN: 0022-3999
1879-1360
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/2231
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