The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

The relationship between mood and sexuality in women using an oral contraceptive as a treatment for premenstrual symptoms

Graham, Cynthia A. and Sherwin, Barbara B. (1993) The relationship between mood and sexuality in women using an oral contraceptive as a treatment for premenstrual symptoms Psychoneuroendocrinology, 18, (4), pp. 273-281. (doi:10.1016/0306-4530(93)90024-F).

Record type: Article

Abstract

This study investigated the effects of a triphasic oral contraceptive (OC) on mood and on sexual interest in a group of 45 women with premenstrual complaints. Subjects made daily ratings of mood and sexual interest for one baseline cycle and were then randomly assigned to receive either placebo or OC for 3 mo. Women who received the OC reported decreased sexual interest during the menstrual and postmenstrual phases of the cycle. The predominant effect of both the OC and the placebo on mood was one of improvement, particularly during the premenstrual phase. There was little evidence of co-variation of mood and sexual interest in either group. Although the mechanism for the adverse effects of the OC on levels of sexual interest is unknown, it is clear that this effect was not simply a consequence of pill-induced negative mood change. The findings provide evidence that mood and sexual desire are dissociable and suggest that OCs can have direct effects on women's sexuality.

Full text not available from this repository.

More information

Published date: 1993
Organisations: Psychology

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 206925
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/206925
ISSN: 0306-4530
PURE UUID: 102b47d2-e6e0-40fe-92bc-4d0a39919a03
ORCID for Cynthia A. Graham: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7884-599X

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 17 Jan 2012 11:20
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:50

Export record

Altmetrics

Contributors

Author: Barbara B. Sherwin

University divisions

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×