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Stahel, M C; Wolf, M; Baños, A; Hornung, R (2009). Optical properties of the breast during spontaneous and birth control pill-mediated menstrual cycles. Lasers in Medical Science, 24(6):901-907.

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Abstract

Mastodynia is correlated with the menstrual cycle. Using frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy (FD-NIRS), we investigated changes in breast perfusion in women who were or were not using hormonal contraception. Healthy volunteers, on or not on hormonal contraception, were examined. Optical properties were measured in all quadrants of both breasts, and physiological parameters were calculated. Measurements were repeated every other day during one complete menstrual cycle. Measurements were comparable in all quadrants. Data remained unchanged during the entire cycle in patients using hormonal contraception. However, a biphasic variation of deoxyhemoglobin, oxyhemoglobin, total hemoglobin (tHb), and water content (H(2)O) was observed in women not using contraception. tHb and H(2)O distinctly increased during the ovulation period and remained elevated throughout the luteal phase. It was concluded that FD-NIRS allows accurate measurement of optical properties of human breasts. As opposed to the menstrual cycles of persons using oral contraception, spontaneous menstrual cycles exhibit biphasic variations of tissue perfusion parameters. These findings are important for the investigation of mastodynia.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Gynecology
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neonatology
DDC:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:03 Mar 2010 14:28
Last Modified:28 Nov 2013 01:42
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0268-8921
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10103-009-0662-7
PubMed ID:19291352

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