Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2753

Short Communication

Severity of menopausal symptoms, and knowledge attitude and practices towards menopause among Saudi women

    Alaa Yasen Al-Olayet*, Ibtisam Farhan Al-Qahtani, Dalal Ibrahim Al-Essa, Fatimah Habeeb Al-Saleek, Reem Naif Al-Moutary, Lama Mouhamad  Al-Mudimeg, Samera Abdulrahman Al-Marri, Sana Saleh Al-Shemari and Maha Osama Ajab nor
Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital (KKUH), College of Medicine, King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 03 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010

Abstract

 

 

Few researches dealt with the mean age and the correlation between menopause and osteoporosis in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). For this reason the authors have the idea to study severity of menopausal symptoms and knowledge, attitude and practice towards menopause among Saudi women. In this cross - sectional study, a sample of 233 Saudi women from 45 to 55 years old was collected randomly in Primary Care Clinic, King Khalid University Hospital, Riyadh. The data collection was in a form of questionnaire. The sample was categorized into 3 groups: premenopausal, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. The severities of menopausal symptoms using menopause quality of life (MENQOL) questionnaire were as follows: Menopausal symptoms experienced by women in sample recorded that 68.51% suffered from hot flashes and excessive sweating, 37.7% dryness of vagina and 30.7% sexual problems. In assessingknowledge attitude and practices (KAP) towards menopause, 57.5% recognized that menopause was concerned with stop of menstruation and 47.9% denying the physical and psychological effects of menopause. Concerning the severity of symptoms, the hot flashes and excessive sweating was the most sever and frequent symptoms among three groups. And the authors needed more awareness towards menopause in Saudi community.

 

Key words: Menopause, menopausal symptoms, KAP towards menopause in Saudi.