Prevalence of menopausal symptoms and quality of life after menopause in women from South India
Article first published online: 3 MAR 2009
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 106–109, February 2009
How to Cite
BAIRY, L., ADIGA, S., BHAT, P. and BHAT, R. (2009), Prevalence of menopausal symptoms and quality of life after menopause in women from South India. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 49: 106–109. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2009.00955.x
- Issue published online: 3 MAR 2009
- Article first published online: 3 MAR 2009
- Received 14 May 2008; accepted 12 August 2008.
- menopausal symptoms;
- MENQOL questionnaire;
- South Indian women
Objectives: This study was carried out to establish the age at onset of menopause and the prevalence of menopause and menopausal symptoms in South Indian women.
Materials and methods: Three hundred and fifty-two postmenopausal women attending the outpatient clinics of obstetrics and gynaecology department of Dr TMA Pai Hospital, a tertiary care Hospital in South India, were included in the study. The Menopause-Specific Quality of Life (MENQOL) questionnaire was used in the study. Data were presented as percentages for qualitative variable.
Results: The mean age at menopause was 48.7 years. Most frequent menopausal symptoms were aching in muscle and joints, feeling tired, poor memory, lower backache and difficulty in sleeping. The vasomotor and sexual domains were less frequently complained when compared to physical and psychological domains.
Conclusion: The age at onset of menopause in southern Karnataka (India) is 48.7 years which is four years more than the mean menopause age for Indian women. This could be attributed to better socioeconomic and health-care facility in this region.