Caffeine offers a new treatment option for women cocaine addicts as a neuro-protective that can block cocaine’s direct effects on their fertility cycle, revealed new research.
Women undergo oestrus cycle, a recurring period of sexual receptivity and fertility in many females. Cocaine is known to have caused the shift in the oestrus cycle, thereby changing a woman’s estrogen levels.
But now the researchers say caffeine, found in coffee, tea, berries and other nuts, can block these changes.
“This is cutting-edge work that has never been shown before. It is critical knowledge relevant to women’s reproductive health,” explained Patricia Broderick, professor from the City University of New York.
Women more susceptible to cocaine abuse than men and are known to be more sensitive to the direct effects of cocaine in the body. Its disruptive function in a woman’s oestrus cycle may also explain the sex differences in cocaine addiction.
The findings are published in the Journal of Caffeine Research: The International Multidisciplinary Journal of Caffeine Science.(IANS)