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Volume 111, Nº 6, December 2018


DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.5935/abc.20180194


Elevation of Oxidized Lipoprotein of Low Density in Users of Combined Oral Contraceptives

Alan Carlos Nery dos Santos

Jefferson Petto

Diego Passos Diogo

Candice Rocha Seixas

Lunara Horn de Souza

Wagner Santos Araújo

Ana Marice Teixeira Ladeia


Background: The use of combined oral contraceptive (COC) has been related to changes in glycemic, lipid metabolism, increased oxidative stress, and systemic blood pressure, which could suggest a higher oxidation of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) in women on use of COC.

Objective: To test the hypothesis that there is a difference in the plasma values of oxidized LDL among women who use and do not use COC, as well as to evaluate the correlation between it and the lipid profile and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP).

Methods: Forty-two women with ages between 18 and 35 years old, who were eutrophic, irregularly active, with triglycerides < 150 mg/dL, blood glucose < 100 mg/dL, and who used or did not use COC were selected. These women were allocated in the COC group, formed by 21 women on COC use for at least 1 year; and a control group (CG), consisting of 21 women who had not used any type of hormonal contraceptive for at least 1 year. A significance level of 5% was adopted for statistical analyses.

Results: It was observed that GCOC showed higher values of oxidized LDL than the CG, respectively 384 mU/mL versus 283 mU/mL (p < 0.01). A positive correlation between oxidized LDL and LDL-cholesterol (r = 0.3, p < 0.05), with total cholesterol (r = 0.47, p < 0.01) and with triglycerides (r = 0.32, p < 0.03) was observed, and there was no correlation with the hs-CRP. In the categorized analysis of oxidized LDL, 71.4% of GCOC women, and 28.6% of the CG remained above the established cutoff point.

Conclusion: Women who use COC have higher plasma levels of oxidized LDL, and there is a positive correlation between oxidized LDL and other lipid variables. (Arq Bras Cardiol. 2018; 111(6):764-770)

Keywords: Cardiovascular Diseases/complications; Contraceptives, Oral, Combined; Lipid Metabolism Disorders; Oxidative Stress; Atherosclerosis; C-Reactive Protein.