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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) Against Vaginal Atrophy

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
EndoCeutics Inc. Identifier:
First received: May 20, 2011
Last updated: February 19, 2016
Last verified: February 2016
The purpose of this Phase III trial is to evaluate the efficacy of intravaginal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in postmenopausal women with vaginal atrophy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Vaginal Atrophy
Drug: Placebo
Drug: DHEA
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by EndoCeutics Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Co-primary endpoint: change from baseline over time of vaginal cell maturation (percentage of parabasal and superficial cells) [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Co-primary endpoint: change from baseline over time of vaginal pH. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Co-primary endpoint: change from baseline over time of self-assessment of symptoms of vulvar/vaginal atrophy. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Local tolerance to intravaginal administration of DHEA [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Effect of intravaginal administration of DHEA on sexual function. [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 450
Study Start Date: June 2011
Study Completion Date: May 2012
Primary Completion Date: April 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Drug: Placebo
Placebo vaginal suppository
Experimental: 0.25% DHEA Drug: DHEA
Vaginal suppository containing 0.25% (3.25 mg) DHEA
Other Name: Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, Vaginorm
Experimental: 0.5% DHEA Drug: DHEA
Vaginal suppository containing 0.5% (6.5 mg) DHEA
Other Name: Prasterone, Dehydroepiandrosterone, Vaginorm


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 75 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Postmenopausal women (non-hysterectomized or hysterectomized)
  • Women between 40 and 75 years of age
  • Willing to participate in the study and sign an informed consent
  • Women who have self-identified symptom(s) of vaginal atrophy
  • For non-hysterectomized women, willing to have endometrial biopsy at baseline and end of study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Undiagnosed abnormal genital bleeding
  • Hypertension equal to or above 140/90 mm Hg
  • The administration of any investigational drug within 30 days of screening visit
  • Endometrial hyperplasia, cancer or endometrial histology showing proliferative, secretory or menstrual type characteristics at histologic evaluation of endometrial biopsy performed at screening
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01358760

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Sponsors and Collaborators
EndoCeutics Inc.
Principal Investigator: David Archer, MD Clinical Research Center, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
  More Information

Responsible Party: EndoCeutics Inc. Identifier: NCT01358760     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ERC-234
Study First Received: May 20, 2011
Last Updated: February 19, 2016

Keywords provided by EndoCeutics Inc.:
Vulvar/vaginal atrophy
Atrophic Vaginitis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs processed this record on April 28, 2017