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Title: Compliance with hormone replacement therapy in Thai women
Authors: J. Manonai
U. Theppisai
C. Suchartwatnachai
T. Jetsawangsri
A. Chittacharoen
Mahidol University
Keywords: Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
Issue Date: 28-Mar-2003
Citation: Maturitas. Vol.44, No.3 (2003), 201-205
Abstract: A retrospective study was performed to determine the compliance of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the characteristics of women who continue to use HRT and the reasons for discontinuation. This study comprised of 821 postmenopausal women who attended the menopause clinic between January 1993 and December 1997. A total of 613 women (74.67%) were considered to be good compliant users. They had been on HRT for at least 1 year. Two hundred and eight women (25.33%) discontinued the treatment, with an average of 5.1 months duration of use. The younger age group at time of consultation and at menopause and those with previous hysterectomy were factors associated with higher degree of compliance. Its compliance decreased with age and the duration of menopause. The common reasons in the women's decision to discontinue HRT were bleeding episodes (23.08%), undesirable side effects (15.05%) and on physicians' advice (13.46%), respectively. Compliance with HRT appears to be similar to that reported in other specialist centres. Factors affecting compliance were age, age at menopause, duration of menopause, and hysterectomy. Irregular vaginal bleeding was the major reason for discontinuation. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 03785122
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2001-2005

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