Objectives: Little is known about menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) use in women with disabilities. The objectives of this study were to explore the health behaviors, health outcomes, and efficacy of HRT in a group of postmenopausal polio survivors and to compare selected outcomes to nationally representative cohorts. Methods: One hundred and thirty-one postmenopausal polio survivors completed self-report surveys on health behaviors, HRT use, functional status, and psychosocial well-being. During a physical examination, fasting cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) were collected. Independent sample t-tests and Chi-square analysis were used to compare HRT users and non-users on health behaviors and health outcomes; logistic regression was used to predict HRT use. Results: Prevalence of HRT use was 58%. Only BMI predicted HRT use (OR=0.30, CI: 0.11-0.81). HRT users had better high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein, total cholesterol/HDL ratios, lower BMIs, were more confident when communicating with their physicians, more likely to discuss menopause with their physician, and experienced greater overall stress. HRT was not associated with health behavior, health-related quality of life, mood, or life satisfaction. Compared to non-disabled women, more of these women had higher total cholesterol, obesity, more sleeping problems, and were less likely to vigorously exercise or smoke. Conclusions: HRT did not confer substantial benefits in these postmenopausal polio survivors to warrant them using HRT at a higher rate than their non-disabled peers. Comparisons to their non-disabled peers suggested they may be at higher risk for adverse health problems associated with postmenopause.
- Health behavior
- Hormone replacement therapy
- Postmenopausal polio survivors
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology