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Type: Journal article
Title: Hormone therapy use in Australian-born women: a longitudinal study
Author: Guthrie, J.
Garamszegi, C.
Dudley, E.
Dennerstein, L.
Green, A.
MacLennan, A.
Burger, H.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 1999; 171(7):358-361
Publisher: AUSTRALASIAN MED PUBL CO LTD
Issue Date: 1999
ISSN: 0314-514X
1326-5377
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Guthrie, Janet R. ; Garamszegi, Corrine V. ; Dudley, Emma C. ; Dennerstin, Lorraine ; Green, Adele ; Malennan, Alastair H. ; Burger, Henry G.
Abstract: OBJECTIVES: To describe the pattern of use of hormone therapy (HT) among Australian women, and its side-effects and benefits, and to compare baseline characteristics of HT users with never users. DESIGN: Longitudinal community-based study with annual interviews. SETTING: Melbourne, May 1991-October 1997. PARTICIPANTS: 357 Australian-born women aged 45-55 years who were pre- or perimenopausal and not using HT at baseline. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Rates of HT use; baseline characteristics of users and non-users; side effects and benefits of HT use. RESULTS: 151 women (42%) used HT over the six years and 93 (26%) were current users at six-year follow-up. HT users did not differ significantly from non-users in lifestyle, sociodemographic and cardiovascular risk factors or in most health status factors at baseline. However, HT users were significantly more likely to have had a breast examination by a health professional (odds ratio [OR], 2.60; 95% CI, 1.62-4.17), to have had a tubal ligation (OR, 1.73; 95% CI, 1.09-2.74), to report a history of premenstrual complaints (OR, 1.72; 95% CI, 1.08-2.74), to agree that women "regret when their period stops for the last time" (OR, 1.69; 95% CI, 1.04-2.74), and to report that they took non-prescription medications (OR, 1.62; 95% CI, 1.02-2.59). Most (84%) HT users described benefits (most commonly relief of hot flushes and improved wellbeing), while 53% complained of side effects (most commonly weight gain and breast tenderness). CONCLUSIONS: HT users did not differ significantly from non-users at baseline in most characteristics. Long-term follow-up of this cohort is now required to assess any difference in cardiovascular events or other health outcomes between HT users and non-users.
Keywords: Humans; Estrogen Replacement Therapy; Logistic Models; Longitudinal Studies; Middle Aged; Australia; Female
RMID: 0030005213
DOI: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1999.tb123692.x
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