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The Effects of Isoflavone and Estrogen in Sex Response in Climacteric Women

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified May 2009 by Federal University of São Paulo.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by:
Federal University of São Paulo Identifier:
First received: May 19, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: May 2009
History: No changes posted
Climacterium is marked by hypoestrogenism and it is associated to drastic vasomotors symptoms, genital atrophy and humor alteration. Additionally, these symptoms impair sexual life and life quality. These effects can be counteracted by administration of estrogen therapy. However, estrogen therapy has side effects and isoflavone has been proposed as an estrogen substitute in reposition therapy. The aim of the randomized controlled trial is to evaluate the effects of isoflavone in the sex life assessed by a modified McCoy's sexual questionnaire.

Condition Intervention Phase
Postmenopausal Symptoms
Drug: estradiol
Drug: isoflavone
Drug: Placebo
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of Isoflavone and Estrogen in Sex Response in Climacteric Women

Further study details as provided by Federal University of São Paulo:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • McCoy's sexual questionnaire [ Time Frame: at recruitment and six months later ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Kupperman's index [ Time Frame: at recruitment and six months later ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: May 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: May 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Estrogen
Women randomized to this group will receive daily pills containing 1 mg of estradiol
Drug: estradiol
1 mg daily for 6 months
Experimental: Isoflavone
Women randomized to this group will receive daily pills of 150 mg isoflavone
Drug: isoflavone
150 mg isoflavone daily for 6 months
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Women randomized to this group will be administered daily placebo pills
Drug: Placebo
sugar pill daily for six months


Ages Eligible for Study:   45 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • women aged 45-65 years old
  • presenting climacteric symptoms
  • sexual complaints

Exclusion Criteria:

  • hormonal therapy
  • counter indication to hormonal therapy
  • uncontrolled comorbidities
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00905723

Contact: Teresa R Embiruçu, M.D. 5511-75413521
Contact: Regiane HB Rabelo, M.D. 5511-72307128

Ambulatório de Ginecologia Endócrina Recruiting
São Paulo, Brazil, 04039-060
Contact: Maria Cecília Santos, Nurse    5511-55496174   
Principal Investigator: Teresa R Embiruçu, M.D         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Federal University of São Paulo
Study Chair: Mauro A Aidar, M.D., PhD Universidade Federal de São Paulo
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Teresa Raquel Embiruçu de Araújo, Universidade Federal de São Paulo - Departamento de Ginecologia Identifier: NCT00905723     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 0759/08
Study First Received: May 19, 2009
Last Updated: May 19, 2009

Keywords provided by Federal University of São Paulo:
sexual life
McCoy's sexual questionnaire
Kupperman index

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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 April 25, 2017