Statlog - Using claims data to understand menopause and women’s pain


Using claims data to understand menopause and women’s pain


  • Genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM), associated with the decrease in estrogen during menopause, covers a wide range of genital, sexual and urinary symptoms. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most prominent signs of GSM.
  • Bothersome and painful when not kept in check, UTIs can have serious consequences if the infection spreads elsewhere in the body.
  • A pharmaceutical company mandated STATLOG to assess the increased prevalence of GSM-related UTIs.

Our approach

  • We performed an observational retrospective cohort study using administrative healthcare claims from insurers in the U.S.
  • Women with untreated GSM were matched 1:1 with non GSM women, according to their demographic and clinical characteristics.
  • We then compared the one-year prevalence of UTI between the two groups.

Our results

By quantifying the increased risk of UTI among women diagnosed with GSM, we provided further evidence to raise awareness among doctors and patients about the clinical burden of untreated GSM.