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No decrease in perseverance and performance on cognitive tasks in Danish cohort of hormonal contraceptive users

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Cognitive consequences of Hormonal Contraceptives (HCs) are largely underexplored, despite the popularity of use. This study investigates the association between perseverance during cognitively challenging tasks and the use of HCs among Danish women. We hypothesized that women using HCs show decreased perseverance across tasks compared to their naturally cycling counterparts. We further hypothesized that HC using women would show decreased performance as a measure of accuracy (i.e., more incorrect answers) compared to naturally cycling women. The study used a cross-sectional repeated measures design, consisting of a Danish version of the Anagram Persistence Task and the Hagen Matrices Test, followed by an extensive survey documenting menstrual and HC history for each participant. The study was conducted online. Data processing was conducted on data from 129 participants. The former hypothesis was analyzed through multilevel regression with a nested random effects structure on log-transformed data. The latter hypothesis was analyzed through a multilevel generalized linear model with a nested random effects structure using the binomial family. No support was found for either of the hypotheses.

Original languageEnglish
JournalActa Neuropsychiatrica
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023

    Research areas

  • Anagram Persistence Task, Hagen Matrices Test, Hormonal contraception, Oral Contraceptives, Perseverance, Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal/adverse effects, Cross-Sectional Studies, Humans, Denmark, Female, Surveys and Questionnaires, Cognition

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