Prevalence and correlates of hormonal therapy among Israeli women in the post-WHI era

Lital Keinan-Boker, Rita Dictiar, Noga Garty, Manfred S. Green

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Objectives: Following the results of recent randomized controlled trials on the risks and benefits of the long-term use of hormonal therapy (HT), practice guidelines regarding HT use have been revised. The aim of the study is to assess the prevalence and the correlates of HT use in Israel in 2003. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study, conducted on a representative sample of the general population in Israel aged 21 years and over. The study questionnaire is based on the European Health Interview Survey (EUROHIS) project, aimed to develop uniform study tools, to enable international comparisons. The current module of the survey focused on women's health, and telephone interviews were conducted with 1396 women by trained interviewers in the year 2003. Results: Out of a total of 1396 participants, 535 were defined as peri- or postmenopausal (38%). Of them, 9.9% were currently using HT (11.7% and 2.9% among the Jewish and Arab participants, respectively), and their mean age (S.D.) was 57.7 (6.5) years. Mean duration of HT use was 8.0 (5.5) years. Treatment of menopausal symptoms was the most common reason for HT use (69.2%). Significant correlates of HT use were age, being secular and having seen a gynecologist in the previous 12 months. Conclusions: Current HT use rates reported are lower than those reported 3 years ago for Israeli women. Awareness of both physicians and patients to the WHI results (2002), may have accounted for this trend, at least partially.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)364-373
Number of pages10
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Nov 2005


  • EUROHIS National Health Interview Survey
  • Hormonal therapy (HT, HRT)
  • Israel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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