MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Caroline Mitchell, MD, MPH
Vincent Center for Reproductive Biology
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: In this study we compared two commonly recommended treatments for menopausal vaginal discomfort – low dose vaginal estradiol tablets and a vaginal moisturizer – to placebo, and found no difference in reduction of symptom severity; all three groups improved over 12 weeks of treatment. This is great news for women, as it means that using any treatment regularly is likely to have benefit, whether it costs $20 or $200.
Symptoms of vaginal dryness, irritation and pain with sex, which occur in over half of postmenopausal women, cause a significant decrease in quality of life and negatively impact intimate relationships. The significant impact of these symptoms is reflected in the fact that we enrolled all 302 participants in under a year, a faster enrollment than any of the four prior trials conducted by the MsFlash research network that evaluated treatments for hot flashes. Women were desperate for some kind of intervention for these symptoms. Continue reading