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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 185-188

Study of menopausal symptoms in the nursing staff and female attendants in a rural medical college

Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Sunil Kumar Raina
Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, Himachal Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/1119-0388.218212

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Introduction: Menopause is defined as complete cessation of menstruation for 12 months or more. It is characterized by various symptoms such as hot flushes, irritability, sweating, anxiety, and depressive mood. Menopausal symptoms can be assessed by several tools and can be influenced by various sociodemographic factors. The study was planned with the aim to assess the commonly reported menopausal symptoms among women using the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Methodology: A cross-sectional study was undertaken at Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (DRPGMC) Kangra at Tanda. The study was conducted in the month of November 2013, over a period of 3 weeks. The study population was nursing staff of DRPGMC Tanda and female attendants of patients in the age group 40–60 years. Convenience sampling was used, and the study sample was 200. The psychosomatic, somatic, and urogenital complaints were assessed in this group using the MRS. Results: Two hundred questionnaires were distributed among the nurses and female attendants of whom 180 women responded, a response rate of 90%. 103 of these women had attained menopause. The mean age of study participants was 49.4 ± 4.8 years. The average age of menarche was 14.8 years and mean age of menopause was 45.2 ± 4.7 years. Average MRS score was 11.67 with a maximum score of 31 and minimum score 2. The highest dimensional mean score was 5.48 for the psychosomatic symptoms. Conclusions: Common menopausal symptoms in this study are physical and mental exhaustion, irritability and joint and muscular discomfort.

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