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Follicle-stimulating hormone levels in female workers exposed to urban pollutants

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The aim of this study was to evaluate if there were alterations in FSH plasma levels in female outdoor workers (traffic policewomen and drivers) exposed to chemical urban stressors vs. control group. After excluding subjects with main confounding factors, traffic policewomen, drivers and indoor workers were matched by age, working life, socioeconomic status, marital status, menstrual cycle day, age of menarche, habitual consumption of Italian coffee and soy. A total of 129 female subjects were included in the study: Some 63 workers studied during proliferative phase and 66 during secretory phase of menstrual cycle. Proliferative phase of menstrual cycle: FSH mean values were significantly higher in traffic policewomen compared to controls (p < 0.05). Results suggest that in outdoor workers exposed to urban chemical stressors there are alterations in FSH levels; therefore FSH may be used as an early biological marker, valuable for the group, used in occupational set.
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Keywords: follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH); occupational exposure; traffic policewomen; urban chemical stressors

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Departments of Occupational Medicine,University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy 2: Departments of Psychiatric Science and Psychological Medicine,University of Rome “Sapienza”, Rome, Italy

Publication date: December 1, 2011

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