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Journal:   IRANIAN JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH   SPRING-SUMMER 2007 , Volume 2 , Number 4-5; Page(s) 57 To 65.
 
Paper: 

THE SURVEY OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL PROBLEMS OF MENOPAUSE WOMEN REFERRED TO LIAM HEALTH CARE CENTERS

 
 
Author(s):  SHOUHANI M.*, RASOULI FATEMEH, HAJI AMIRI P., MAHMOUDI MAHMOUD
 
* ILAM UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, MOSTAFA KHOMAINI HOSPITAL, NURSING OFFICE, HAM, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Menopause is a critical stage as well as the most important event in middle-aged women. In this period women got involved in so many physical and psychological problems that result in a reduction in their quality of life. The aim of the research was to determine the physical and psychological problems faced by menopause women referred to Ilam health care centers.
Methods: The samples consisted of 150 menopause women that had experienced natural menopause as cessation of menstruation for at least 12 months. They were selected /using random sampling method. Data were gathered by a questionnaire, composed of demographic characteristics, health history, and sign & symptoms check list, as well as Beck and Cattle scales. The questionnaire was filled in using face-to-face interview.
Results: The mean age at menopause was 48/7 years also mean intake of calcium was 603/9 in 24 hours. The most common problems reported by the samples included of musculoskeletal problems (%76.7 joints pain), urogenital (%42 vaginal dryness, and libido), vasomotor (%55.3 hot flash), hypertension (%37.3). In addition 32% had reported minor depression, 22.7% minor anxiety, and %39.3 near memory disorder; it should be mentioned that significant relation was seen between the sign & symptom and some other investigated variables.
Conclusion: The mean age at menopause of samples was lower than of Asian and west countries. The prevalence and intensity of physical and psychological problems in these women were outstanding. Thus with attention to the impact of menopause on women quality of life and community health, planning of especial health cares in this period is essential.

 
Keyword(s): NATURAL MENOPAUSE, PHYSICAL PROBLEM, PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEM
 
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