2006, Cilt 13, Sayı 2, Sayfa(lar) 012-022
The Effect of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) on Body Mass Index Who Women Taking Therapy For The First 6 Months
Gülcihan AKKUZU, Instructor, RN, PhD1, Kafiye EROĞLU, Professor, RN, PhD2
1Başkent University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Services
2Hacettepe University, School of Nursing, Department of Obstetrics and Women's Health Nursing
Keywords: Hormone replacement therapy, menopause, body mass index (BMI)

Aim: To examine the effect of HRT on Body Mass Index (BMI) who women taking therapy for the first 6 months.

Method: The sample were composed 238 women who attend a menopause clinic. The data were collected at the beginning and in the 3rd and 6th months of therapy. Data were analysed using chi-square test and variance analysis in repeated measures.

Results: 19.3%of women were illiterate, 60.5%were literate/primary school graduates, and 20.2%were middle school or higher graduates. The mean BMI values of the women were 30.46 ±4.77 (p >0.05) at the beginning of the therapy. The 3rd month follow-up was completed with 217 and the 6th month follow-up with 206 women. The women's mean BMI did not change over time (p >0.05) as statistically.

Conclucions: HRT didn't effect on BMI of women's for the first 6 months of therapy. It is recommended that studies being conducted to examine a longer-term effect of HRT on BMI.