To compare the effects of a 12-week course of 5%Pueraria mirifica gel and placebo gel on the prevalence of bacterial vaginosis, vaginal fungi, vaginal pH, vaginal health index (VHI), and genitourinary symptoms in postmenopausal women.
In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study (TCTR20160517002), 60 postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to a 12-week course of eitherP. mirifica gel or identical placebo gel.
Vaginal Nugent score, fungal culture, pH, VHI, and genitourinary symptoms were evaluated at baseline and after 12 weeks of treatment.
After 12 weeks of treatment, the proportion of participants with an abnormal Nugent score in the P. mirifica and the placebo groups were 6.7 % (2/30) and 23.3 % (7/30), respectively (p = 0.006). The mean changes in Nugent scores and VHI were significantly higher in the P. mirifica group (p 0.05).
A 12-week course of treatment with 5 % P. mirifica vaginal gel in postmenopausal women with GSM has been proved to be effective in reducing indicators of bacterial vaginosis compared with placebo gel. Nevertheless, the effect on alleviating genital symptoms was not demonstrated.
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