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The Role of Reproductive Health in Nightmares and PTSD in Active Duty Military Personnel

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[Technical Report, Briefing Charts]

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University of Texas Health Science CenterWilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical CenterSouth Texas Veterans Health Care SystemUniversity of Arizona

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Women often experience changes to their sleep due to hormonal fluctuations such as their menstrual cycle and menopause. Women higher in progesterone and men low in testosterone are more vulnerable to the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional processing tasks. Sex differences and sex hormones have been shown to impact fear conditioning as well as extinction. Women have a higher lifetime prevalence of PTSD and greater risk of developing PTSD following trauma exposure even when controlling for trauma type.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology

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[A, Approved For Public Release]