Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards menopause among highly educated Asian women in their midlife

Memon, Fouzia, Jonker, Leon and Qazi, Roshan (2014) Knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards menopause among highly educated Asian women in their midlife. Post Reproductive Health, 20 (4). pp. 138-142.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/2053369114557510

Abstract

Objective: To determine knowledge levels, and attitudes and perceptions towards, menopause among highly educated Asian women in their midlife.

Study design: A cross-sectional survey.

Setting: Five teaching institutions in Hyderabad, Pakistan.

Population: In total, 200 out of 225 (89% response rate) teachers, lecturers and professors, aged 40–59 years, were surveyed in 2013 using a self-administered questionnaire.

Results: The mean age of responders was 48 years. Premenopausal and perimenopausal women attributed for 58%, whereas 42% were postmenopausal. All women had a masters degree; 15% had a PhD degree. Forty-six percent of responders thought they had sufficient knowledge about the menopause and 87% had positive perceptions about it, with 76% feeling life was easier and calmer as a result of it. Reported negative perceptions included 30% of women experiencing feelings of grumpiness, irritability, altered work capability and loss of femininity. Health professionals were an information resource. of 60% of cases, only 5% of participants knew about hormone replacement therapy and none knew about available alternative therapies.

Conclusion: Despite the fact that the majority of women felt well informed and exhibited a positive attitude towards menopause, a strong urge for more knowledge was expressed. Public health care systems should mobilize resources and take measures to improve women’s awareness and knowledge about menopause-related changes through a variety of educational tools and media, including the Internet. A recommendation would be for physicians to provide more information about menopausal symptoms and also therapies to alleviate these symptoms, regardless of the patient’s socioeconomic background.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Post Reproductive Health
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 2053-3705
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Health, Psychology and Social Studies
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2017 14:38
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2017 06:28
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3100

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