Duration not severity of the climacteric syndrome predicts resumption of hormone therapy after discontinuation: A prospective cohort study

Ronit Haimov-Kochman*, Edyah Barak-Glantz, Eliana Ein-Mor, Revital Arbel, Amnon Brzezinski, Ariel Milwidsky, Drorith Hochner-Celnikier

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Abstract

Background: Predictive factors of women who are unable to quit prolonged hormonal therapy (HT) are largely unknown. We sought to identify predictors for the resumption of HT after the discontinuation of treatment. Methods: A cohort prospective study was conducted allocating menopausal women treated with HT for over 3 years. Menopausal symptoms were monitored periodically after HT cessation by the Greene climacteric scale. Results: Eighty-two women participated in the study. Age, the age of menopause, BMI, HT duration, the type of regimen, reasons cited to discontinue HT and the method of discontinuation did not differ between the subjects who successfully discontinued HT and those who failed to quit HT. Only the prevalence of vasomotor symptoms when HT was first prescribed significantly differed between the groups (P = 0.03). Comparable maximal Greene score was recorded in both groups. Over time, the subjects who returned to HT had higher Greene score [Hazard ratio 1.25, confidence interval (CI) 95% (1-1.07)] and significantly higher vasomotor score [Hazard score 1.22, CI 95% (1.02-1.46)]. Conclusions: The history of hot flashes and the duration of menopausal symptoms upon HT discontinuation predict the resumption of HT. Thus, the return to HT is expected in individuals who are intolerant of prolonged climacteric syndrome.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2450-2454
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Reproduction
Volume21
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2006

Keywords

  • Discontinuation
  • Hormone therapy
  • Hot flashes
  • Menopause
  • Predictors

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