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Biologically Active Cortisol in Plasma of Oestrogen-treated and Normal Subjects

Br Med J 1969; 2 doi: (Published 28 June 1969) Cite this as: Br Med J 1969;2:798
  1. C. W. Burke


    Biologically active (non-protein-bound) cortisol levels in the plasma of 13 women taking oral contraceptives and of 67 normal subjects were compared, using a new method—steady-state gel filtration. Both total and unbound cortisol levels in the 67 normal subjects showed a skew distribution, which was roughly log-normal.

    Unbound cortisol levels in 11 of the oestrogen-treated women were in the normal range, but the median value was significantly increased in this group. Total plasma cortisol levels in the oestrogen-treated group were, as expected, increased threefold, and all were outside the normal range.