More Problems for Contraceptives and Hormone Replacement Therapy

A synthetic form of the naturally occurring hormone progesterone widely used in contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT), increases aggression and anxiety and reduces sexual activity in female monkeys, according to a study. The synthetic hormone is called medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), and researchers say the findings may explain anecdotal reports of mood changes, depression and loss of libido in some women who use MPA for contraception and HRT. They say MPA appears to...

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