Steroid hormone can alleviate brain's response to stressA steroid hormone, known as Progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone, which gets released during the metabolism of progesterone (the female sex hormone) can minimize brain’s response to stress.

The scientists found evidence suggesting that the human brain’s response to a peptide hormone that plays an important role in the stress response in animals, corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), gets reduced by progesterone metabolite allopregnanolone.

The finding was disclosed by scientists at Emory University School of Medicine, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and Atlanta’s Center for Behavioral Neuroscience.