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Vaginal Estrogen for the Treatment of Faecal Incontinence in Women

This study has been terminated.
(Lack of recruitment)
Information provided by:
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust Identifier:
First received: March 27, 2006
Last updated: April 28, 2012
Last verified: February 2007

This study will address the following questions:

  • Does the use of oestrogen inserted vaginally with an applicator, help with the symptoms of faecal (bowel) incontinence in women who are past the age of menopause?
  • Do women find it easy to use?
  • Is the treatment safe for the womb lining?
  • Is there any systemic absorption of the treatment?

Condition Intervention
Fecal Incontinence Drug: oestradiol

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Pilot Study to Examine the Efficacy of Vaginally Administered Oestradiol in the Treatment of Faecal Incontinence in Post Menopausal Women

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Further study details as provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement of symptoms and quality of life (QoL) as measured by QoL questionnaires and physiological assessment

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Acceptance of treatment mode delivery, through questionnaire

Estimated Enrollment: 43
Study Start Date: March 2006
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:

Faecal incontinence affects about 5% of women, the most common cause is often cited by women as obstetric trauma. However in clinical practice many women report that their symptoms of faecal incontinence begin around the same time as menopause. A community survey examining the prevalence of faecal incontinence in menopausal women is in progress. If a correlation is found between the onset of menopause and the development of faecal incontinence, further investigation of effective treatment will be indicated.

The investigators want to investigate whether vaginally administered oestradiol can alleviate or improve symptoms in women who have faecal incontinence after the menopause. This is a pilot study.


Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Post menopausal women with faecal incontinence

Exclusion Criteria:

  • No hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for at least 8 weeks prior to screening
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Neurological disorder
  • Terminal illness
  • Current treatment for breast cancer
  • Unable to give informed consent
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00307775

United Kingdom
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust
London, United Kingdom, HA1 3UJ
Sponsors and Collaborators
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
Principal Investigator: Kathy Abernethy, RN ENB London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
Study Chair: Joan Pitkin, MB BS BSc FRCS FRCOG London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  More Information Identifier: NCT00307775     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 06/VO1/6
Study First Received: March 27, 2006
Last Updated: April 28, 2012

Keywords provided by London North West Healthcare NHS Trust:
oestradiol, faecal incontinence, post menopausal
post menopausal women with faecal incontinence

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fecal Incontinence
Rectal Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Polyestradiol phosphate
Estradiol 3-benzoate
Estradiol 17 beta-cypionate
Estradiol valerate
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Contraceptive Agents, Female processed this record on September 21, 2017