Analysis of testosterone pulsatility in women with ovulatory menstrual cycles

Lucia H. C. Nóbrega, George D. Azevedo, Josivan G. Lima, Rui A. Ferriani, Poli Mara Spritzer, Marcos F. S. Sá, Técia M. O. Maranhão
2009 Arquivos brasileiros de endocrinologia e metabologia  
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the pattern of the pulsatile secretion of testosterone in normal menstrual cycle. METHODS: Eight healthy women with ovulatory menstrual cycles were enrolled. Blood samples were collected at ten-minute intervals for six hours, starting between 7 and 8 am, after a ten-hour fasting, in three phases: mid-follicular (Day 7), late follicular (Day 12) and mid-luteal phase (Day 21). Samples were assayed for testosterone, LH and the baseline also for SHBG. RESULTS: Testosterone
more » ... TS: Testosterone pulse frequency, mean amplitude pulse, percentage of increment in pulse amplitude, mean duration of pulses and pulse interval were similar in the three phases. LH pulsatility was statistically different among the three phases (p < 0.001) representing normal ovulatory cycles. CONCLUSIONS: These data increase the knowledge about the testosterone secretion profile in the human menstrual cycle and can be used as a contribution to clinical investigation in both hyperandrogenism and androgen insufficiency syndrome.
doi:10.1590/s0004-27302009000800020 pmid:20126859 fatcat:vhiyin7hp5ht7ofcarurfst3da