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      Vasomotor symptoms and well-being in the climacteric years

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      Maturitas

      Elsevier BV

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          To determine more closely the relationship between vasomotor symptoms, well-being and climacteric status according to the last menstrual bleeding and according to the women themselves. A population-based cross-sectional study was executed using a postal questionnaire. Well-being of women with and without vasomotor symptoms was compared, for the different menopausal statuses. All 2729 women living in a commuter suburb of Rotterdam aged 45-60 years were approached of whom 1947 (71.3%) responded. Well-being was measured by the Inventory of Subjective Health (ISH) and three subscales of the Sickness Impact Profile (SIP). The results showed that the relationship between vasomotor symptoms and well-being was dependent on climacteric status. Pre- and (middle and late) postmenopausal women with vasomotor symptoms more often experienced a relatively lower level of well-being compared to women without these symptoms. However, when the prevalence of vasomotor symptoms is as its peak, i.e. in late perimenopause, a difference in the level of well-being between women with and without vasomotor symptoms was absent. It is concluded that well-being and vasomotor symptoms were inversely related in all menopausal statuses except for the (late) perimenopausal phase. For this no somatic explanation seems plausible. A more social scientific explanation is suggested.

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          Journal
          Maturitas
          Maturitas
          Elsevier BV
          03785122
          April 1996
          April 1996
          : 23
          : 3
          : 293-299
          Article
          10.1016/0378-5122(95)00989-2
          8794423
          © 1996

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