Low dose transdermal estradiol/norethisterone acetate treatment over 2 years does not cause endometrial proliferation in postmenopausal women
2002 (English)In: Menopause, ISSN 1072-3714, Vol. 9, no 2, 137-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: We investigated the effects of 2-year transdermal continuous combined estradiol (0.025 mg/day) and norethisterone acetate (0.125 mg/day) (Estragest TTS) on bleeding and on the endometrium. Design: This double-blind, randomized, multicenter, parallel, 1-year trial enrolled 266 healthy women at least 2 years past menopause with intact uteri. Patients received a transdermal patch delivering either 0.025 mg estradiol and 0.125 mg norethisterone acetate daily or placebo. Of the 266 women initially included, 135 (96 Estragest TTS, 39 placebo) completed a second year open follow-up, where all women had the estradiol/norethisterone patch. Endometrial biopsies were performed at weeks 0, 48 (n = 171), and 96 (n =109). Effects on endometrial morphology and uterine bleeding were studied. Results: The overall incidence of endometrial hyperplasia after treatment with the estradiol/norethisterone acetate patch for one year was 0.8% with only one case of atypical hyperplasia. There were no clinically significant changes in endometrial thickness in either treatment group. The proportion of bleed-free patients with the estradiol/norethisterone acetate transdermal system increased from 55% in cycles 1-3 to 83% in cycles 10-12. By the 12th cycle, 92% of patients receiving estradiol/norethisterone acetate patches were bleed-free. No additional hyperplasia was seen during the second year follow-up. Conclusions: A continuous combined transdermal patch delivering 0.025 mg estradiol/day and 0.125 mg norethisterone acetate/day provided good endometrial protection. The dose maintained a consistently high rate of amenorrhea in postmenopausal women.
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2002. Vol. 9, no 2, 137-144 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26396Local ID: 10933OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26396DiVA: diva2:246945