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The Effect of GnRH on Pitutitary Hormones in Menstrual-Cycle Mood Related Disorders

This study has been completed.
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First received: November 3, 1999
Last updated: March 3, 2008
Last verified: July 1999

The normal menstrual cycle is produced by a series of hormonal signals that starts with the release of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) from the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is located in the brain and is often referred to as the master gland. GnRH then acts on the pituitary gland and causes it to release two hormones, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and lutenizng hormone (LH). LH and FSH act on the ovary and cause it to release the hormones directly involved in menstruation, estrogen and progesterone.

The purpose of this research study is to evaluate the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis activity as measured by pituitary hormones, FSH and LH in response to intravenous doses of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) in menstrual cycle-related hormones.

Depressive Disorder
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Pituitary Gonadotropin Response to GnRH Stimulation in Menstrual, Climacteric and, Menopause-Related Mood and Behavioral Disorders

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Estimated Enrollment: 140
Study Start Date: July 1988
Estimated Study Completion Date: June 2000
Detailed Description:

This protocol is designed to accompany clinical protocol #81-M-0126, "The Phenomenology and Biophysiology of Menstrually Regulated Mood and Behavior Disorders", as well as the submitted protocol, "The Phenomenology and Biophysiology of Climacteric and Menopause-Related Mood and Behavioral Disorders." Its purpose will be to evaluate hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis regulation as measured by pituitary gonadotropin, i.e., follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), response to intravenous administration of gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) in menstrual cycle-related mood disorders.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Age 18-65.


Use of barrier methods of birth control.

Not pregnant.

Not taking ongoing medications.

No medical illnesses.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001232

United States, Maryland
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
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Publications: Identifier: NCT00001232     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 880132, 88-M-0132
Study First Received: November 3, 1999
Last Updated: March 3, 2008
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Menstrual Cycle

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Depressive Disorder
Mental Disorders
Mood Disorders
Psychotic Disorders
Behavioral Symptoms
Pathologic Processes
Schizophrenia and Disorders with Psychotic Features processed this record on November 20, 2014