To compare the effect of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen plus dydrogesterone or estrogen plus medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) on the risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD) in postmenopausal women.Methods
A randomized, prospective 1-year clinical trial was designed. All of the postmenopausal women (n = 279) received sequential conjugated equine estrogen (CEE) at a dose of 0.625 mg/day for 25 days (days 1–25) of each month. These women were also randomly assigned to receive either dydrogesterone 10 mg/day (E + D group, n = 140) or MPA 5 mg/day (E + P group, n = 139) for 14 days (days 12–25) of each month. Serum biochemical markers, lipoproteins, plasma prothrombin time (PT), partial prothrombin time (PPT) and antithrombin III-antigen (ATIII-Ag) were analyzed at baseline, and after 6 and 12 months of treatment.Results
Liver function, renal function, PT and PPT did not change significantly during the 12-month trial. The E + D group had a more pronounced increase in high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) than the E + P group (10.6% vs. 2.7%) after 12 months of treatment (p < 0.05). Both groups showed reduced concentrations of total cholesterol (T-CHO), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and ATIII, whereas triglyceride (TG) was increased at the end of the trial (without intergroup difference).Conclusions
Our study demonstrated a favorable effect on lipoprotein profiles with both hormone replacement therapy regimens. Dydrogesterone appears to be superior to medroxyprogesterone acetate from the perspective of modification of coronary heart disease risk factors.