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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 16-23

Health-related quality of life among menopausal women

1 Department of MCH, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University of Health Sciences, Al- Ahsa, CON-A, KSA
2 Department of MCH, King Saud Bin Abdul Aziz University of Health Sciences; Department of Pediatrics, King Abdul Aziz Hospital, Al- Ahsa, CON-A, KSA

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Dr. Thilagavathy Ganapathy
King Saud Bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Ministry of National Guard Health Affairs, Al Ahsa
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/amhs.amhs_122_17

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Background: Menopausal symptoms impact physical, psychological, vasomotor, and sexual health-related quality of life (QOL) among women. Objective: This exploratory study aimed to assess the effects of menopausal symptoms on the QOL using Menopause-Specific QOL Questionnaire (MENQOL) among women in India. Materials and Methods: By purposive sampling, n = 140 women aged between 40 and 60 years were recruited, and the prevalence of menopausal symptoms and its relationship with physical, psychological, vasomotor, and sexual health-related QOL was assessed using MENQOL, at Arekare, Mico-Layout, Bangalore South, Karnataka, India. Results: The mean age at menopause was 49.59 + 3.09 years. Nearly 97.14% of women reported having experienced minimum five or more menopausal symptoms. The prevalence of symptoms in physical, vasomotor, psychological, and sexual domains was 74.56%, 60.7%, 44.68%, and 26.4%, respectively. An overall mean MENQOL score of physical (27.1 + 0.72), psychological (2.01 + 0.27), vasomotor (4.08 + 0.79), and sexual (3.89 + 0.59) health-related QOL among menopausal women showed poor QOL. Statistical significant differences were observed between the sociodemographic variables and the health-related QOL scores in all domains at P < 0.05. Conclusion: Menopausal women-centered integrated model of care would empower women to lead improved health-related QOL in the next one-third of postmenopausal life span development.

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