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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163793
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Menopausal Concerns and Experiences Of Women With MS
Author(s):
Zimmerman, Vanessa
Author Details:
Vanessa Zimmerman, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: vanessa.zimmerman@villanova.edu
Abstract:
Perimenopause and menopause are ideal opportunities for health promotion. Women, including those with MS, live 20-30 years beyond menopause. Therefore, health promotion efforts must be extended to women with MS. In order to address health promotion efforts in women with MS, more information about their menopause-related experience is needed. The purpose of this study was to examine menopause-related experiences of women with MS and the health promotion strategies they use to address menopause and changes in symptoms of MS. The method of this qualitative study included a semi-structured interview of 18 women with MS who were perimenopausal or menopausal. The women were asked about menopausal symptoms, changes in MS symptoms with menopause, use of HRT and alternative therapies for menopausal symptoms, success in obtaining information from a health care provider about menopause and MS, satisfaction with that information and with health care related to menopause, use of health promotion strategies related to menopause and MS, and health screening practices. Data analysis revealed several themes. Although not all women in the sample had concerns related to menopause that differ from those of women without MS, there were nevertheless concerns and issues that were identified by many of them. The women reported that little or no written information was available regarding MS and menopause. They reported being uncertain if their symptoms (memory loss, sexuality changes, excessive fatigue) are related to menopause or MS or to aging and indicated that this resulted in considerable frustration. They reported the process of making decisions about use of HRT to be very difficult. Although decisions about HRT are difficult for all women, the participants in this sample reported the difficulty to be compounded by risks related to blood clots because of impaired mobility vs. possible benefits of HRT and its ability to control hot flashes, which increase MS symptoms. When asked about their sources of information on menopause in the context of MS, the women reported that their neurologists generally offered no information about menopause and were unable to provide information about the relationship between menopause and MS. The women's gynecologists offered little information about MS and were also unsure of any relationship between menopause and MS. All participants felt that health care providers need to listen to their concerns and needs and to take a more holistic approach when providing health care to menopausal women with MS. They identified the need for research related to the relationship between MS and menopause.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
This is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleMenopausal Concerns and Experiences Of Women With MSen_GB
dc.contributor.authorZimmerman, Vanessaen_US
dc.author.detailsVanessa Zimmerman, Villanova University, School of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania, USA, email: vanessa.zimmerman@villanova.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163793-
dc.description.abstractPerimenopause and menopause are ideal opportunities for health promotion. Women, including those with MS, live 20-30 years beyond menopause. Therefore, health promotion efforts must be extended to women with MS. In order to address health promotion efforts in women with MS, more information about their menopause-related experience is needed. The purpose of this study was to examine menopause-related experiences of women with MS and the health promotion strategies they use to address menopause and changes in symptoms of MS. The method of this qualitative study included a semi-structured interview of 18 women with MS who were perimenopausal or menopausal. The women were asked about menopausal symptoms, changes in MS symptoms with menopause, use of HRT and alternative therapies for menopausal symptoms, success in obtaining information from a health care provider about menopause and MS, satisfaction with that information and with health care related to menopause, use of health promotion strategies related to menopause and MS, and health screening practices. Data analysis revealed several themes. Although not all women in the sample had concerns related to menopause that differ from those of women without MS, there were nevertheless concerns and issues that were identified by many of them. The women reported that little or no written information was available regarding MS and menopause. They reported being uncertain if their symptoms (memory loss, sexuality changes, excessive fatigue) are related to menopause or MS or to aging and indicated that this resulted in considerable frustration. They reported the process of making decisions about use of HRT to be very difficult. Although decisions about HRT are difficult for all women, the participants in this sample reported the difficulty to be compounded by risks related to blood clots because of impaired mobility vs. possible benefits of HRT and its ability to control hot flashes, which increase MS symptoms. When asked about their sources of information on menopause in the context of MS, the women reported that their neurologists generally offered no information about menopause and were unable to provide information about the relationship between menopause and MS. The women's gynecologists offered little information about MS and were also unsure of any relationship between menopause and MS. All participants felt that health care providers need to listen to their concerns and needs and to take a more holistic approach when providing health care to menopausal women with MS. They identified the need for research related to the relationship between MS and menopause.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:13:55Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:13:55Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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