Quality of life and social - demographic factors in menopausal women
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Midwifery Department, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Publication date: 2023-10-24
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Giannoula A Kyrkou   

Midwifery Department, University of West Attica, Athens, Greece
Eur J Midwifery 2023;7(Supplement 1):A111
Menopause is a normal physiological change occurring at a woman’s mid-life. During this time, women experience vasomotor, physical and psychosocial and sexual symptoms that affect their Quality of Life. Social and demographic factors have a significant effect on symptoms of menopause.

The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of menopausal symptoms among menopausal and postmenopausal women and the factors associated with the Quality of these women’s lives.

Material and Methods:
The study was conducted among 150 Greek menopausal and postmenopausal women l who live in the south region of the island Evia. For data collection has been used an anonymous questionnaire that included the index MENQOL that refers to menopausal symptoms and whether they affect the Quality of Life. Data were analyzed using the statistic program SPSS 22.0.

Among the menopausal symptoms, “Feeling nervous or anxious” (64,7%) and ‘’Changes in appearance, texture or tone of the skin” (8%) were the most and the least common ones respectively. Employed women had higher levels in vasomotor symptoms than unemployed ones. Non smokers had higher levels in psychosocial symptoms than smokers as well. Taking medicine for health problems was a very important factor which influenced negatively the severity of menopausal symptoms.

Menopause is associated with a variety of symptoms. Health providers should advise women and suggest them methods and treatments according to their heath history and personal preferences. Further studies are suggested to evaluate the role of personal and social factors that affect the way women perceive the severity and the intensity of menopausal symptoms.

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