This descriptive study was aimed at assessing menopausal syndrome among women in Calabar in terms of the most common symptoms, their perceived effects and the actions taken to cope with them.
One hundred and eighty four women aged 40 years and above [109 peri-menopausal and 75 post-menopausal] were purposely selected, served as subjects. Data were collected using a symptoms self-report checklist with 50 items with a Cronbach 's alpha coefficient of 0.76 after pilot testing with 12 women aged 40 to 60 years. Results showed that 80.4% of subjects reported some menopause-related symptoms but only 64.9% took health-related actions to cope with them. Subjects also reported changes in their health status and life experiences because of the symptoms. The most commonly reported symptoms were hot flashes [78.3%], excessive sweating [68.5%], anxiety/ nervousness [67.9%], internal heat [59.2%], irritability [58.7%] and poor concentration [54.9%]. Age, parity, educational status, location of abode and status [peri-menopausal/post-menopausal] were significantly related to the number and intensity of symptoms
Mildred E. John ,Edem J. Udoma ,Theresa J. Ndebbio ,Owoidoho Udofia ,
Peri- and post-menopausal syndrome among women in calabar [Nigeria]: a study of symptoms, perceptions and behaviour,
Hamdard Med. 2006;
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