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The correlation between synthetic oxytocin given during labor and women's personality traits according to the SSP (Swedish University Scales of Personality) Survey: A pilot study

Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin and Wiberg-Itzel, Eva (2021). The correlation between synthetic oxytocin given during labor and women's personality traits according to the SSP (Swedish University Scales of Personality) Survey: A pilot study. Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 11 :6 , 701-712
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Background: In modern obstetric care, oxytocin is one of the most frequently used drugs, and the possible mental impact this drug has on women is very little studied. The objective of this study is to investigate whether women augmented with oxytocin during labor will rate their personality profile differently after childbirth than non-stimulated women. Methods: Prospective cohort study was performed at Women’s Clinic, Soder hospital, Stockholm.76 women received the SSP (Swedish University Scales of Personality) questionnaire to fill in during their stay in the post-maternity ward after labor. Information about the use of oxytocin was retrieved from the women’s medical records. Primary outcome: Differences in the SSP scores in the group augmented with synthetic oxytocin during labor compared with the non-augmented group. Results: Women with and without oxytocin estimates on the SSP subscale form differed regarding personality traits described as “lack of assertiveness” (p = 0.04), which means “lack of ability to speak up and to be self-assertive in social situations”. The result also showed that women that had a long time of augmentation with oxytocin (>5 h) scored higher for “social desirability” (p = 0.004), which was defined as being “socially adapted,” “friendly,” and “helpful”. A difference in “psychological anxiety” (p = 0.04) and “social desirability” (p = 0.004) was found among women who had oxytocin in a dose of at least 200 ImU/h for ≥1 hour. This group also had a lower rate of “mental anxiety” than those who received lower oxytocin doses. Conclusion: Synthetic oxytocin given during labor may affect the woman mentally. The total time and volume of given oxytocin seem to be essential factors when discussing augmentation’s maternal psychological response. We conclude that prolonged and extended use of synthetic oxytocin during labor should be avoided if possible.

Authors/Creators:Uvnäs-Moberg, Kerstin and Wiberg-Itzel, Eva
Title:The correlation between synthetic oxytocin given during labor and women's personality traits according to the SSP (Swedish University Scales of Personality) Survey: A pilot study
Series Name/Journal:Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:11
Number:6
Page range:701-712
Number of Pages:12
ISSN:2160-8792
Language:Swedish
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 3 Medical and Health Sciences > 302 Clinical Medicine > Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine
Keywords:Anxiety, Augmentation, Oxytocin, Personality Traits
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117123
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-117123
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Type of IDID
DOI10.4236/ojog.2021.116065
ID Code:28068
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:25 May 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:25 May 2022 10:31

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