Comparison of low dose versus ultra-low dose hormone therapy in menopausal symptoms and quality of life in perimenopause women.Gynecol Endocrinol 2019; :1-5GE
The study was to compare the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of low dose versus ultra-low dose hormone therapy (HT) in the management of perimenopause symptoms and quality of life. Retrospective analysis of perimenopause patients prescribed for 25 weeks HT in the outpatient clinic of menopause. A total of 132 perimenopause women were included in two treatment regimens: one with low dose HT (LD-HT) and one with ultra-low dose HT (ULD-HT). Changes in serum levels of follicle-stimulating hormone, estradiol as well as transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS), the 36-item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36), the Kupperman Index (KI), and adverse effects were assessed at baseline, 4, 13, and 25 weeks. By the end of 25 weeks of treatment, each score of SF-36 domains for both LD-HT and ULD-HT groups were increased, the KI decreased, and the endometrial thickness increased in both groups and there was no statistical difference between two groups. Both groups have negligible differences in incidence of adverse effects. Low dose and ultra-low dose HT both can serve in improving symptoms of perimenopause, thereby offering a better quality of life with decreased incidence of side effects. Ultra-low dose treatment may have a better advantage on safety and tolerance.