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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160614
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Characterization of Menopause in Belizean Women
Abstract:
Characterization of Menopause in Belizean Women
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Li, Suling,
P.I. Institution Name:Loyola University Chicago
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, 6525 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60626, USA
Contact Telephone:708.216.3577
Although menopause is a universal biological phenomenon among women, experiences of menopause vary greatly across racial, ethnic and cultural groups. Characterizing the menopausal experiences of different populations of women will lead to a better understanding of the menopausal transition. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the menopausal experiences of Belizean women. Twenty-three midlife women (age: mean=47.0 yrs, sd=5.6 yrs, range=40-59 yrs) completed the Women's Health Assessment Scale, a Physical Activity Questionnaire, a Major Life Stressors Scale, and a Health History and Demographic Questionnaire. Findings revealed that the majority of these women did not experience frequent menopausal symptoms (hot flashes: 87.0%, night sweat: 91.3%, vaginal dryness: 82.6%), were highly active physically (89.5%), ranked "financial hassles" as the most important stressor (59.1%), and rated their quality of life as better than average (66.7%; mean=6.1 on a scale of 1-10; sd=3.1). In addition, those women who were at lower level of education, who were not working, and who were older than the mean of the sample, were more likely to experience hot flashes (Rhos=0.40, 0.44, and 0.59 respectively). Levels of physical activity, life stressors, body mass index, use of hormone replacement therapy, and reproductive factors such as age of menarche, history of pregnancy, history of premenstrual syndrome, and family history of menopausal symptoms did not correlate with hot flashes. Also to be noted, the majority of the sample had a history of multiple pregnancies (90.5%; mean=5.4, sd=1.0, range=1-15), did not use hormone replacement therapy (89.5%), received less than a high school education (66.7%), and had an income of less than $7,000 per year (66.7%). Further analyses will focus on the interrelationships between menopausal and psychosomatic symptoms, which will provide a beginning framework for future examination of the menopausal experience in women worldwide.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleCharacterization of Menopause in Belizean Womenen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160614-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Characterization of Menopause in Belizean Women</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Li, Suling, </td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Loyola University Chicago</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, 6525 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL, 60626, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">708.216.3577</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">sli@luc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Although menopause is a universal biological phenomenon among women, experiences of menopause vary greatly across racial, ethnic and cultural groups. Characterizing the menopausal experiences of different populations of women will lead to a better understanding of the menopausal transition. The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the menopausal experiences of Belizean women. Twenty-three midlife women (age: mean=47.0 yrs, sd=5.6 yrs, range=40-59 yrs) completed the Women's Health Assessment Scale, a Physical Activity Questionnaire, a Major Life Stressors Scale, and a Health History and Demographic Questionnaire. Findings revealed that the majority of these women did not experience frequent menopausal symptoms (hot flashes: 87.0%, night sweat: 91.3%, vaginal dryness: 82.6%), were highly active physically (89.5%), ranked &quot;financial hassles&quot; as the most important stressor (59.1%), and rated their quality of life as better than average (66.7%; mean=6.1 on a scale of 1-10; sd=3.1). In addition, those women who were at lower level of education, who were not working, and who were older than the mean of the sample, were more likely to experience hot flashes (Rhos=0.40, 0.44, and 0.59 respectively). Levels of physical activity, life stressors, body mass index, use of hormone replacement therapy, and reproductive factors such as age of menarche, history of pregnancy, history of premenstrual syndrome, and family history of menopausal symptoms did not correlate with hot flashes. Also to be noted, the majority of the sample had a history of multiple pregnancies (90.5%; mean=5.4, sd=1.0, range=1-15), did not use hormone replacement therapy (89.5%), received less than a high school education (66.7%), and had an income of less than $7,000 per year (66.7%). Further analyses will focus on the interrelationships between menopausal and psychosomatic symptoms, which will provide a beginning framework for future examination of the menopausal experience in women worldwide.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:06:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:06:45Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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