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Cycle-related changes in mood, sexual desire, and sexual activity in oral contraception-using and non-hormonal-contraception-using couples

Els Elaut (UGent) , Ann Buysse (UGent) , Petra De Sutter (UGent) , Jan Gerris (UGent) , GRETA DE CUYPERE (UGent) and Guy T'Sjoen (UGent)
(2016) JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH. 53(1). p.125-136
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Findings on women’s sexuality across the menstrual cycle are inconsistent. One relatively consistent finding is a mid-cycle and premenstrual peak in sexual desire in freely cycling women. Results on the cycle-related effects of sexual behaviour are less clear. Large proportions of reproductive-aged women use combined oral contraception (COC), but studies on potential cycle-related shifts in sexual desire and behaviour are sparse. A prospective diary study assessed sexual desire, sexual behaviour and mood in 89 heterosexual couples. Women were using one of four contraceptive methods: (1) non-hormonal contraception, (2) low-dose COC containing 20 mcg ethinylestradiol and 75 mcg gestoden or desogestrel, (3) COC containing 35 mcg ethinylestradiol and 2 mg cyproteronacetate, and (4) COC containing 30 mcg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone. No cycle effects of sexual desire were established in the COC group, but frequency of sexual intercourse declined in the last days of active pill-taking. These results were similar in both partners. Negative affect did not covary with sexual desire.
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MENSTRUAL-CYCLE, MARITAL QUESTIONNAIRE MMQ, FREE TESTOSTERONE, WOMEN, INTERCOURSE, MOTIVATION, ANDROGENS, FREQUENCY, OVULATION, BEHAVIOR

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Elaut, Els, Ann Buysse, Petra De Sutter, Jan Gerris, GRETA DE CUYPERE, and Guy T’Sjoen. 2016. “Cycle-related Changes in Mood, Sexual Desire, and Sexual Activity in Oral Contraception-using and Non-hormonal-contraception-using Couples.” Journal of Sex Research 53 (1): 125–136.
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Elaut, E., Buysse, A., De Sutter, P., Gerris, J., DE CUYPERE, G., & T’Sjoen, G. (2016). Cycle-related changes in mood, sexual desire, and sexual activity in oral contraception-using and non-hormonal-contraception-using couples. JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH, 53(1), 125–136.
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Elaut E, Buysse A, De Sutter P, Gerris J, DE CUYPERE G, T’Sjoen G. Cycle-related changes in mood, sexual desire, and sexual activity in oral contraception-using and non-hormonal-contraception-using couples. JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH. 2016;53(1):125–36.
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Elaut, Els, Ann Buysse, Petra De Sutter, et al. “Cycle-related Changes in Mood, Sexual Desire, and Sexual Activity in Oral Contraception-using and Non-hormonal-contraception-using Couples.” JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH 53.1 (2016): 125–136. Print.
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  abstract     = {Findings on women{\textquoteright}s sexuality across the menstrual cycle are inconsistent. One relatively consistent finding is a mid-cycle and premenstrual peak in sexual desire in freely cycling women. Results on the cycle-related effects of sexual behaviour are less clear. Large proportions of reproductive-aged women use combined oral contraception (COC), but studies on potential cycle-related shifts in sexual desire and behaviour are sparse. A prospective diary study assessed sexual desire, sexual behaviour and mood in 89 heterosexual couples. Women were using one of four contraceptive methods: (1) non-hormonal contraception, (2) low-dose COC containing 20 mcg ethinylestradiol and 75 mcg gestoden or desogestrel, (3) COC containing 35 mcg ethinylestradiol and 2 mg cyproteronacetate, and (4) COC containing 30 mcg ethinylestradiol and 3 mg drospirenone. No cycle effects of sexual desire were established in the COC group, but frequency of sexual intercourse declined in the last days of active pill-taking. These results were similar in both partners. Negative affect did not covary with sexual desire.},
  author       = {Elaut, Els and Buysse, Ann and De Sutter, Petra and Gerris, Jan and DE CUYPERE, GRETA and T'Sjoen, Guy},
  issn         = {0022-4499},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF SEX RESEARCH},
  keyword      = {MENSTRUAL-CYCLE,MARITAL QUESTIONNAIRE MMQ,FREE TESTOSTERONE,WOMEN,INTERCOURSE,MOTIVATION,ANDROGENS,FREQUENCY,OVULATION,BEHAVIOR},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {125--136},
  title        = {Cycle-related changes in mood, sexual desire, and sexual activity in oral contraception-using and non-hormonal-contraception-using couples},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2014.976780},
  volume       = {53},
  year         = {2016},
}

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