Authors: Fitzpatrick LA, Pace C, Wiita B.
Citation: J Women Health Gend Based Med 2000; 9(4):381-7.
A cross-sectional survey was conducted to examine quality of life (QOL) related to physiological, somatic, and vasomotor effects of switching progestogen treatment from medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) to micronized progesterone in postmenopausal women already using hormone replacement therapy (HRT). One hundred seventy-six women who were currently using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) containing micronized progesterone for 1-6 months and had previously received HRT containing MPA were surveyed to assess QOL. Women using micronized progesterone-containing HRT experienced significant improvement in vasomotor symptoms, anxiety, somatic complaints and depressive symptoms. Women reported improved control of menopausal symptoms and perceptions of their vaginal bleeding patterns while on the micronized progesterone-containing regimen. Approximately 80% of women reported satisfaction with the progesterone-containing therapy. A micronized progesterone-containing HRT therapy offers the potential for improved QOL with respect to menopausal symptoms.