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A Study of Quality of Life among Peri-Menopausal Women in a Rural Field Practice Area of a Medical College in Karnataka

Author:Ravi Kumar, Ayesha S Nawaz, Sharan Kumar Holyachi, Varadaraja Rao

Keywords:MENQOL, Peri-menopausal women, Quality of life.

Type:Original Article

Abstract:"Context: Women in peri-menopausal age group experience physiological changes, when they reach midlife. During this transition from pre-menopause to menopause, they may experience changes which may affect their quality of life. The study was conducted to assess the quality of life among the peri-menopausal women. Methodology: This Community based cross-sectional study was carried out among 214 peri-menopausal women (40 to 60 years) during April- May 2014, in the rural field practice area of a Medical college in Davangere, Karnataka. A pre designed, pretested questionnaire based on Menopausal Specific Quality of Life (MENQOL) was used to collect information on Quality of Life. Statistical analysis used: The data was analysed using epi info 7. A Comparison was made between mean QOL score of each domain for premenopausal and post-menopausal women using Wilcoxon Mann Whitney test. Results: The mean age of study participants was found to be 51.01± 5.9 years. The mean age at menopause was 44.06±3.065 years. Physical symptoms (98.6%) like aching in muscles or joints, decrease in physical strength were the predominant symptoms experienced by peri-menopausal women. Conclusions: The quality of life of postmenopausal women was poor when compared to pre-menopausal women. "