Objective: Hormone therapy (HT) is an effective treatment for menopause symptoms in select women. This study aimed to determine whether there is different prevalence of HT use based on patient report by women who see different provider specialties.
Methods: This study was a cross-sectional analysis of published data from the Survey of Midlife in the United States (MIDUS), a telephone or self-administered questionnaire of 3294 participants aged 39-90 years. Postmenopausal women were included. Self-reported HT use and provider specialty seen were each assessed by one question. Univariate logistic regression assessed factors possibly related to HT use. Variables with p < 0.1 were entered into a multivariable logistic regression model.
Results: Of the 938 postmenopausal respondents, 720 (76%) saw a gynecologist for care. One-hundred and thirty-one (13%) women used HT for menopausal symptoms. Of women using HT, 72 (55%) saw a gynecologist. When controlling for other factors, women who saw a gynecologist had three times higher odds of using HT. The most frequently seen provider specialty was not associated with use.
Conclusions: Women who ever see a gynecologist are more likely to use HT for menopausal symptoms, but fewer women see gynecologists as they age. Generalists are the most seen provider specialty, positioning them to counsel patients about HT.
Keywords: Menopause; hormone therapy; provider specialty.