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Menopausal symptoms and quality of life among Saudi women visiting primary care clinics in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AlDughaither A, AlMutairy H, AlAteeq M - Int J Womens Health (2015)

Bottom Line: Mean scores of menopausal categories were compared for different symptoms.Somatic and psychological symptoms were highly prevalent in perimenopausal women compared to other groups.Saudi women reported an MRS score indicating milder severity of symptoms, reflecting better quality of life and ability to cope with climacteric symptoms.

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Affiliation: College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Objectives: Menopause is associated with somatic, vasomotor, psychological, and sexual complaints that may affect quality of life. We determined the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms and their impact on the quality of life among Saudi women visiting primary care centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from October to November 2010. In total, 119 women aged 45-60 years were randomly interviewed using a questionnaire. Participants were divided into three categories: premenopausal (n=31), perimenopausal (n=49), and postmenopausal (n=39). The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) assessed the prevalence and severity of eleven menopausal symptoms. Mean scores of menopausal categories were compared for different symptoms.

Results: The mean age at menopause was 48.3±3 years (median, 49 years). The symptoms reported to be most prevalent were joint and muscle pain (80.7%), physical and mental exhaustion (64.7%), and hot flushes and sweating (47.1%). Somatic and psychological symptoms were highly prevalent in perimenopausal women compared to other groups. The mean overall quality-of-life score was higher in perimenopausal women, while the total MRS score indicated that the symptoms were mild in severity (MRS <9).

Conclusion: The prevalence of menopausal symptoms was comparable to previous studies in Asian women; however, the prevalence of classic symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats was lower than reported in Western studies. Saudi women reported an MRS score indicating milder severity of symptoms, reflecting better quality of life and ability to cope with climacteric symptoms.

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Quality-of-life changes with aging.Abbreviation: MRS, Menopause Rating Scale.
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Mentions: The mean total MRS score for the different age groups is shown in Figure 1. Premenopausal women have a constant score with increasing age; however, in the perimenopausal group, older age is associated with an increase in high mean total score up to the age of 50 years, and then, the score declined thereafter. The same is also observed with the postmenopausal group; increasing age is associated with an increase in the total MRS score up to the age of 53 years, which then declined with older age.


Menopausal symptoms and quality of life among Saudi women visiting primary care clinics in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

AlDughaither A, AlMutairy H, AlAteeq M - Int J Womens Health (2015)

Quality-of-life changes with aging.Abbreviation: MRS, Menopause Rating Scale.
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f1-ijwh-7-645: Quality-of-life changes with aging.Abbreviation: MRS, Menopause Rating Scale.
Mentions: The mean total MRS score for the different age groups is shown in Figure 1. Premenopausal women have a constant score with increasing age; however, in the perimenopausal group, older age is associated with an increase in high mean total score up to the age of 50 years, and then, the score declined thereafter. The same is also observed with the postmenopausal group; increasing age is associated with an increase in the total MRS score up to the age of 53 years, which then declined with older age.

Bottom Line: Mean scores of menopausal categories were compared for different symptoms.Somatic and psychological symptoms were highly prevalent in perimenopausal women compared to other groups.Saudi women reported an MRS score indicating milder severity of symptoms, reflecting better quality of life and ability to cope with climacteric symptoms.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: College of Medicine, King Saud Bin Abdul-Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: Menopause is associated with somatic, vasomotor, psychological, and sexual complaints that may affect quality of life. We determined the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms and their impact on the quality of life among Saudi women visiting primary care centers in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted from October to November 2010. In total, 119 women aged 45-60 years were randomly interviewed using a questionnaire. Participants were divided into three categories: premenopausal (n=31), perimenopausal (n=49), and postmenopausal (n=39). The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) assessed the prevalence and severity of eleven menopausal symptoms. Mean scores of menopausal categories were compared for different symptoms.

Results: The mean age at menopause was 48.3±3 years (median, 49 years). The symptoms reported to be most prevalent were joint and muscle pain (80.7%), physical and mental exhaustion (64.7%), and hot flushes and sweating (47.1%). Somatic and psychological symptoms were highly prevalent in perimenopausal women compared to other groups. The mean overall quality-of-life score was higher in perimenopausal women, while the total MRS score indicated that the symptoms were mild in severity (MRS <9).

Conclusion: The prevalence of menopausal symptoms was comparable to previous studies in Asian women; however, the prevalence of classic symptoms of hot flushes and night sweats was lower than reported in Western studies. Saudi women reported an MRS score indicating milder severity of symptoms, reflecting better quality of life and ability to cope with climacteric symptoms.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus