J Obstet Gynaecol Res 2021 Apr 14. Epub 2021 Apr 14.
Clinical Institute of Laboratory Diagnostics, University Hospital Osijek, Osijek, Croatia.
Aim: The aim of research was to evaluate the maternal serum concentration of selected endogenous steroid hormones during spontaneous parturition at term and to determinate their association with the need for oxytocin augmentation.
Methods: Blood of 108 healthy pregnant women whose parturition started with the regular spontaneous uterine contractions was drawn at the beginning of the labor. Liquid chromatography coupled to the tandem mass spectrometry device was utilized for measurement of sex hormone binding globulin, aldosterone, androstenedione, cortisol, cortisone, corticosterone, dehydroepiandrosterone, dehydroepiandrosteron sulphate, 17-hydroxyprogesterone, progesterone, and testosterone. Read More