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Minerva Ginecologica 1999 March;51(3):59-62

language: Italian

Sexuality in menopause. The importance of adequate replacement treatment

Grio R., Cellura A., Porpiglia M., Geranio R., Piacentino R.


Background and aims. The harmful repercussions of estrogen deficiency in menopause on the female organism are also responsible for reduced libido and uncomfortable trophic disorders of the genitourinary tract leading to reduced vaginal lubrication and severe alterations affecting sexual function, as well as for the more commonplace vasomotor phenomena and psychoemotive changes.
Methods. The authors treated 102 menopausal patients who presented reduced libido and orgasmic difficulties, as well as other menopausal problems, with 17-beta estradiol+noretisterone acetate using a transdermal route. The main advantage offered by the transdermal route is that conjugated estrogens ''bypass'' the liver and reach the target organs in an unmodified manner. This treatment is well tolerated by almost all patients, even those suffering from slight gastroenteric and hepatic problems.
Results and conclusions. This study showed the good tolerability and almost complete innocuousness of the drug used. None of the patients receiving replacement therapy reported any collateral effects worthy of note or the onset of malignant lesions of the breast or pelvic organs. The results obtained show that the use of 17-beta estradiol+noretisterone acetate can effectively modify menopausal symptoms, improving both quality of life and sexual function.

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