Objective: New regimens and routes of administration of hormonal, replacement therapy (HRT) in climateric women are becoming available. Since there is no information on the neuroendocrine effects of sequential combined treatment with 17β-estradiol and a progestin, the present study evaluated the neuroendocrine, clinical vasomotor and psychological changes before and after different sequential combined HRT regimens (17β-estradiol plus nomegestrol acetate, or cyproterone acetate, or vaginal progesterone). Vasomotor and behavioral effects were evaluated by using the Kupperman score, while changes in plasma endorphin (β-END) levels were used as marker of neuroendocrine effects. Methods: Postmenopausal women (n = 30) were randomly divided into three groups (ten women for each group); all women received continuous 17β-estradiol (50 mg, transdermal) and each group was sequentially treated with different progestins for 12 days/month: group A, cyproterone acetate (5 mg p.o.); group B, nomegestrol acetate (5 mg p.o.); and group C, progesterone (100 mg, vaginal cream). A group of healthy fertile women (n = 8) served as control. Before and after 6 months of HRT, postmenopausal women underwent an evaluation of subjective Kupperman score and two neuroendocrine tests: (a) naloxone (4 mg i.v.) and (b) clonidine (1.25 mg i.v.). Plasma β-END levels were measured before and at 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 min after drug injection. Control women were studied by administering the two neuroendocrine tests only once. Results: Postmenopausal women before HRT showed a pathological Kupperman and no changes of plasma β-END levels in response to the clonidine and naloxone tests score. On the contrary the increase was significant in healthy women. In each of the three groups of treated women both naloxone and clonidine tests induced a significant increase in plasma β-END levels (P < 0.01). After 6 months of HRT, an improvement of vasomotor and psychological symptoms was shown by a decrease of Kupperman score. Conclusions: The present study indicates that sequential treatment with transdermal 17β-estradiol and progestin, no matter which progestin was used, restores the β-END release, improves vasomotor and psychological symptoms.
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|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Titolo:||Neuroendocrine effects of different estradiol-progestin regimens in postmenopausal women|
|Autori:||Stomati, M; Bersi, C.; Rubino, S.; Palumbo, M.; Comitini, G.; Genazzani, A.D.; Santre, M.; Petraglia, F.; Genazzani, A.R.|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0378-5122(97)00073-X|
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