Prevalence of menopausal symptoms among female teachers in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan

Nor Afiah MOHD ZULKEFLI, Sherina MOHD SIDIK
2003 Asia Pacific Family Medicine  
: Menopause is a condition that every woman faces in later life and can have many associated effects which might disrupt the quality of life. Aim : To determine both the prevalence of menopause and menopausal symptoms in a group of employed Malaysian women and to determine their sources of information regarding menopause. Methods : A cross sectional study was conducted among female teachers aged 35 and above in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia between 1 June and 31 December 2000. A total of
more » ... r 2000. A total of 550 self administered questionnaires were distributed to teachers selected through simple random sampling of selected schools. Results : The response rate was 78.9%. The prevalence of menopause was 21.9%. There was a high prevalence of skin dryness (44.2%), hot flushes (43.2%), fatigue (41.0%) and excessive sweating (34.7%) among the menopausal respondents and there was a significant difference between menopausal and non menopausal symptoms of respondents ( p < 0.05). Conclusion : The prevalence of menopause and each menopausal symptom are high in the present group of women. Improved health care programs about the menopause might help give women a better quality of life.
doi:10.1111/j.1444-1683.2003.00093.x fatcat:luzwuzqdwfbvzfyujbnxnkyq7u