This study was performed to evaluate serum estradiol level in postmenopausal women using oral menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) with different doses and formulations of estrogens. A total of 344 postmenopausal women who received oral MHT was included in this cross-sectional study. Serum estradiol level was compared according to formulation (estradiol hemihydrate [EH] or valerate [EV], conjugated estrogen [CE]) and dose (estradiol 1 or 2 mg, CE 0.45 or 0.625 mg) of the estrogens. Mean age and years since menopause were 56.9 and 7.9 years, respectively. Mean duration of MHT was 27.4 months. Since serum estradiol levels were not significantly different at either dose, EH and EV at the same dose were combined for comparisons: estradiol 1 mg and 2 mg. The serum estradiol level with estradiol 2 mg (107.6 pg/mL) was significantly higher by 60% than with estradiol 1 mg (65.8 pg/mL) or CE 0.45 mg (60.1 pg/mL), and it was also significantly higher than with CE 0.625 mg (76.8 pg/mL). Our findings suggest that serum estradiol level is not directly proportional to estrogen dose. In terms of serum concentration, CE 0.45 mg is equivalent to estradiol 1 mg.
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