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Blackground : Menopause is the period of life after complete cessation of ovarian function. In this period, many physiologic changes occur as process of aging. Studying about menopausal symptoms in woman attending at the Menopausal Clinic provides basic information and will be useful in developing appropriate medical and health care services.
Objective : To study menopausal symptoms among women attend at the Menopausal Clinic Srinagarind Hospital.
Design : Descriptive study
Setting : Menopausal Clinic, Srinagarind Hospital. Faculty of Medicine Khon Kaen University.
Method ; One thousand and two hundred twenty-one records of menopausal women both natural and surgical menopause, attending the menopausal clinic at Srinagarind hospital during January 1997 to December 2006 were reviewed. Natural menopause was divided into 2 subgroups, peri-menopausal group and post-menopausal group. The results were expressed as mean value + standard deviation (SD). Chi-Square test were used for statistical comparison. The level of statistical significance was chosen as p< 0.05.
Results : Mean age of the subjects were 51.53 + 6.05 years, 52.82% were post- menopausal group. Mean age of natural menopause was 48.76 + 4.33 years. The three most menopausal symptoms were forgetfulness (90.90%), muscle/joint pains (87.05%) and tiredness (83.12%). Hot flushes was significant higher in surgical menopausal women (70.7%) than natural menopausal groups. Those in natural menopause, moody and decreasing sexual desire were more presented in peri-menopausal women (87.6% and 75.5 % repectively) while vaginal dryness were mostly presented in post- menopausal group (62.8 % ).
Conclusion :The three most common menopausal symptoms were forgetfulness, muscle/joint pains and tiredness. Hot flushes was significant higher in surgical menopausal women than those in natural menopause. Moody and decreasing sexual desire were more presented in peri-menopausal women while vaginal dryness were mostly presented in post- menopausal group.
Key word : Menopausal symptoms, hot flush, sexual desire, vaginal dryness.
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