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Menopausal hormone therapy in Germany. Results of three national surveys from 1997 to 2003.
Maturitas 62, 9-15 (2009)
Objective: To determine regional variations in the prevalence and applied therapy regimes of current menopausal hormone therapy (HT) in Germany. Methods: Three population-based surveys, analysing data of 45-74 years old women, were compared: The Study of Health in Pomerania (SHIP; 1123 participants; northeast Germany, October 1997-May 2001), Cooperative Health Research in the Augsburg Region Survey 2000 (KORA; 1253 participants; south Germany, October 1999-April 2001) and Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study (HNR; 2257 participants; west Germany, December 2000-August 2003). A standardized interview technique provided data on current medication. Results: rhe age-standardized prevalence of HT was 17.0% (95% confidence interval (Cl): 14.9-19.1) in SHIP, 25.9% (95% CI: 23.6-28.3) in KORA and 24.7% (95% CI: 22.9-26.4) in HNR. Mean average time of intake of HT was 5.1 (SHIP), 7.5 (KORA) and 10.1 years (HNR). The use of estrogen plus progestogen combinations was equally common in all three surveys with proportions of about 15%, the use of unopposed estrogen in KORA and HNR was twice as high as in SHIP. In all three surveys oral estradiol was taken most often. Transdermal estradiol was preferred by KORA women whereas conjugated estrogens were taken most frequently by HNR women. Conclusions: Compared to northeast Germany HT was more often applied in the south and west of Germany. HT as long-term therapy was more common in West than in East Germany. In each study region there was a specific pattern of used HT components.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Menopausal hormone therapy; Population-based study; Prevalence; Therapy regimes; randomized controlled-trial; replacement therapy; womens health; determinants; estrogen; risk; prevalence; progestin; benefits; disease
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0378-5122
Quellenangaben Volume: 62, Issue: 1, Pages: 9-15
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute of Epidemiology (EPI)