Temperament and ovarian reproductive hormones in women: evidence from a study during entire menstrual cycle

Anna Ziomkiewicz-Wichary , Szymon Wichary , Dorota Bochenek , Bogusław Pawłowski , Grażyna Jasieńska


Personality and temperament were hypothesized to function as important factors affecting life history strategies. Recent research has demonstrated the association between temperamental traits and reproduction in humans, however, the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. This study presents evidence for an association between temperamental traits and woman's fecundity, as indicated by levels of ovarian steroid hormones during the menstrual cycle. On a large sample of urban, reproductive age women (n=108) we demonstrated that activity, endurance and emotional reactivity are associated with levels of estrogen and with a pattern of change of progesterone levels. Women high in activity, high in endurance and low in emotional reactivity had up to twice as high estradiol levels and more favorable progesterone profiles as women low in activity, low in endurance and high in emotional reactivity. The temperamental traits we measured highly overlap with extraversion, neuroticism and negative emotionality that were reported to correlate with reproductive success. Our findings thus suggest a possible explanation for these relationships, linking personality and women's reproductive success through a hormonal pathway.
Author Anna Ziomkiewicz-Wichary
Anna Ziomkiewicz-Wichary,,
, Szymon Wichary (Wydział Psychologii)
Szymon Wichary,,
- Wydział Psychologii
, Dorota Bochenek
Dorota Bochenek,,
, Bogusław Pawłowski
Bogusław Pawłowski,,
, Grażyna Jasieńska
Grażyna Jasieńska,,
Journal seriesHormones and Behavior, ISSN 0018-506X, (A 35 pkt)
Issue year2012
Publication size in sheets0
ASJC Classification2802 Behavioral Neuroscience; 2807 Endocrine and Autonomic Systems; 1310 Endocrinology
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0018506X1200030X?v=s5
Languageen angielski
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2014 = 1.291; WoS Impact Factor: 2012 = 3.735 (2) - 2012=4.006 (5)
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