[Effects of anovulatory steroids on serum levels of zinc and copper]

Arch Latinoam Nutr. 1982 Mar;32(1):101-10.
[Article in Portuguese]

Abstract

Mean serum zinc (1.14 micrograms/ml) and copper (2.35 micrograms/ml) in 24 women taking oral contraceptive agents were compared against mean serum zinc (1.25 micrograms/ml) and copper (1.98 micrograms/ml) of 20 women of the same age range who served as controls. Serum zinc was significantly lower while serum copper was significantly higher for women taking the oral contraceptive agents. There was no significant correlation between the serum zinc and copper levels either in the control group (r = 0.04) or in the group taking the contraceptives (r = 0.36).

PIP: Mean serum zinc (1.14 mcg/ml) and copper (2.35 mcg/ml) in 24 women taking oral contraceptives (OCs) were compared against mean serum zinc (1.29 mcg/ml) and copper (1.98 mcg/ml) of 20 same-aged women who served as controls. Serum zinc was significantly lower while serum copper was significantly higher for women taking the OCs. There was no significant correlation between the serum zinc and copper levels either in the control group (r=0.04) or in the group taking the contraceptive (r=0.36). (author's modified)

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Contraceptives, Oral / adverse effects*
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal / adverse effects*
  • Copper / blood*
  • Estrogens / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Progestins / adverse effects*
  • Zinc / blood*
  • Zinc / deficiency

Substances

  • Contraceptives, Oral
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal
  • Estrogens
  • Progestins
  • Copper
  • Zinc