To compare the efficacy and safety of esterified estrogens with and without methyltestosterone.Methods:
Twenty-six women participated in a doubleblind randomized trial for 6 months. Outcome measures included serum total and lipoprotein-bound cholesterol, vasomotor symptoms, vaginal cytology and endometrial histology, and chemistry values. Analysis of variance and t test statistics were used to assess differences.Results:
After 6 months of therapy, the treatment groups were comparable with regard to symptom scores, vaginal cytology and endometrial histology scores, and clinical laboratory test values. Treatment with esterified estrogens plus methyltestosterone significantly decreased total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL), HDL2, HDL3, and apolipoprotein Al compared to esterified estrogens alone.Conclusions:
Esterified estrogens with or without methyltestosterone were effective at reducing menopausal symptoms and were well tolerated over 6 months of continuous treatment. A significant decrease in cholesterol and apolipoproteins in the estrogen plus methyltestosterone group suggests a potentially adverse impact on the beneficial effect normally imparted by estrogen therapy.