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Climacteric : the journal of the International Menopause Society

Effects of estradiol-drospirenone on menopausal symptoms, lipids and bone turnover in Chinese women.


PMID 25362969

Abstract

To investigate the effects of a hormone replacement preparation containing 1 mg estradiol plus 2 mg drospirenone on menopausal symptoms, blood lipids, and bone turnover markers in postmenopausal women. A prospective, self-controlled trial was conducted in 64 Chinese postmenopausal women aged 45-60 (mean 52.5 ± 3.37) years who were treated with estradiol-drospirenone for at least 6 months. The Kupperman index, blood lipid concentrations, bone mineral density, and bone turnover markers were measured before (baseline) and at 1, 3, and 6 months after treatment. In comparison with baseline, the Kupperman index score was significantly improved at 1, 3, and 6 months after estradiol-drospirenone treatment (20.57 ± 6.52 vs. 16.37 ± 5.19, 13.34 ± 4.52, and 12.70 ± 4.42, respectively; all p < 0.01). After 6 months of treatment, concentrations of low density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, and total cholesterol were significantly decreased, high density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations were significantly increased (all p < 0.05), and bone mineral densities of the lumbar spine and hip were significantly improved (both p < 0.001 compared with baseline). At both 3 and 6 months after treatment, bone alkaline phosphatase concentrations were significantly decreased compared with baseline (61.14 ± 12.38 IU/l and 58.77 ± 11.35 IU/l, respectively, vs. 65.81 ± 14.75 IU/l; p < 0.05), as were tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase concentrations (5.99 ± 2.98 IU/l and 4.90 ± 2.90 IU/l, respectively, vs. 6.15 ± 3.02 IU/l; p < 0.05). Estradiol-drospirenone effectively alleviates menopausal symptoms and also has beneficial effects on blood lipids and bone metabolism.