Do psycho-social factors contribute more to symptom reporting by middle-aged women than hormonal status?

O'Connor V.M., Del Mar C.B., Sheehan M., Siskind V., Fox-Young S. and Cragg C. (1994) Do psycho-social factors contribute more to symptom reporting by middle-aged women than hormonal status?. Maturitas, 20 2-3: 63-69. doi:10.1016/0378-5122(94)90001-9


Author O'Connor V.M.
Del Mar C.B.
Sheehan M.
Siskind V.
Fox-Young S.
Cragg C.
Title Do psycho-social factors contribute more to symptom reporting by middle-aged women than hormonal status?
Journal name Maturitas   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0378-5122
Publication date 1994
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/0378-5122(94)90001-9
Volume 20
Issue 2-3
Start page 63
End page 69
Total pages 7
Subject 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
2729 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Abstract Six hundred women aged between 45 and 54 were randomly selected from the electoral roll in Brisbane, Australia. A questionnaire addressing their symptoms, hormone status and psycho-social factors was successfully administered to 381 women (64% of the original sample; 83% of those contactable). Although cardiovascular symptoms were experienced by 25% of the sample, the most common (hot flushes) ranked only tenth on a list of recently experienced symptoms. The association of hormone status with symptoms was weak in comparison with other factors. Most symptoms were reported by women who were perimenopausal, had undergone a hysterectomy, or were currently using hormone replacement therapy. A poor mental health index was strongly associated with all groups reporting symptoms. It is concluded that clinicians responding to symptoms from middle-aged women should continue to address psychosocial factors just as vigorously as those related to their hormone status.
Keyword Hormone replacement therapy
Menopause symptoms
Psycho-social factors
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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