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A prospective randomized trial comparing low-dose ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone 24/4 combined oral contraceptive vs. ethinyl estradiol and drospirenone 21/7 combined oral contraceptive in the treatment of hirsutism.
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PMID:  22018126     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: A prospective randomized trial was conducted to compare the clinical efficacy of two oral contraceptives containing drospirenone in the treatment of hirsutism in women.
STUDY DESIGN: Fifty women with moderate to severe hirsutism were recruited. Three women were lost to follow-up. Twenty-four patients received oral 0.03 mg ethinyl estradiol and 3 mg drospirenone 21/7 regimen (Group 1) for 6 months. Another group of 23 patients received oral 0.02 mg ethinyl estradiol and 3 mg drospirenone 24/4 regimen (Group 2) for 6 months. Hirsutism was assessed after 6 months using the Ferriman-Gallwey (F-G) scoring system. Hormonal levels after 6 months of both therapies were compared with baseline values and each other.
RESULTS: An improvement in the F-G scores for hirsutism (mean±SD) was observed in Group 1 (17.3±5.2 to 8.7±2.5, p<.001) and in Group 2 (17.5±4.8 to 7.9±2.8, p<.001). Pre- and post-treatment hirsutism scores were comparable between the groups (p>.05). Total and free testosterone levels decreased significantly after the therapy in both groups. The sex hormone-binding globulin levels increased significantly in both groups during the 6-month period.
CONCLUSION: The treatment of hirsutism with both combined oral contraceptives (COCs) containing drospirenone offered comparable effects and was well tolerated.
Gokalp Oner; Iptisam Ipek Muderris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-04-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Contraception     Volume:  84     ISSN:  1879-0518     ISO Abbreviation:  Contraception     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0234361     Medline TA:  Contraception     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  508-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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