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The Journal of Community Health Management


Menopausal problems of urban postmenopausal women of Hyderabad


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Author Details: Sudha Bala, MLS Prabha, G. Sudeera

Volume : 4

Issue : 4

Online ISSN : 2394-2738

Print ISSN : 2394-272X

Article First Page : 170

Article End Page : 174


Abstract

Introduction: Increased life expectancy women live an average of two to three decades in postmenopausal period, which is one third of their lives. During this period, as a result of decreased oestrogen they are vulnerable and prone to menopause related health problems.
Aim and objectives: To determine the prevalence of various Menopause related health problems and their relationship with socio-demographic, biological and lifestyle variables.
Material and Methods: This was a cross sectional study undertaken in the urban field practice areas of Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad. A total of 430 post menopausal women were interviewed using predesigned and pre tested questionnaire consisting of socio demographic, biological and lifestyle variables. Menopause related health problems were enumerated using modified menopause rating scale.
Results: The Prevalence of any of the Somatic problems were 77%, any of the psychological Problems were 37.4% and Uro genital problems were 32.1%. There was statistically significant association of age, parity, duration of menopause and lifestyle with any of the short and intermediate health problems.
Conclusions: Menopausal health problems need to be addressed as it poses a major public health problem and are also amenable for preventive strategies.

Keywords: Menopause, Modified Menopause Rating Scale, Short and Intermediate Health Problems, Somatic, Psychological, Uro – Genital