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In a recent survey study by Wang and colleagues [1], a total of 2000 self-administered questionnaires were sent to female obstetricians-gynecologists (ob-gyns) attending the Gynecological Endocrinology workshops held from February to May 2013 in 15 provinces and cities in China. A total of 904 eligible questionnaires were collected (response rate, 45.2%). The majority of the responders knew that hormone therapy (HT) could relieve menopausal symptoms (97.7%) and prevent osteoporosis (93.5%). Most (69.4%) of the responders thought that HT would increase the risk of breast cancer, and 52.9% thought that HT would increase the risk of endometrial cancer. The most common concern about the side-effects of HT was the risk of breast cancer, followed by risks of endometrial cancer, venous thrombosis and weight gain. A total of 123 of the 324 symptomatic responders (38.0%) reported HT use, and a further 28 (8.6%) had tried transdermal and vaginal estrogen cream.


  • Xiangyan Ruan
    Beijing Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing, China


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