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Title: Menstrual change during the menopause transition: Do women find it problematic?
Authors: Mackey, S. 
Keywords: Menopause transition
Problematic change
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Mackey, S. (2009). Menstrual change during the menopause transition: Do women find it problematic?. Maturitas 64 (2) : 114-118. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Objectives: To describe changes in the characteristics of women's menstrual cycles during the menopause transition and to identify whether such changes are perceived by women as being problematic. Methods: A cross-sectional descriptive study using a community-based convenience sample of 119 women aged 37-70 years. Participants completed a questionnaire to obtain data on demographic characteristics, menopausal status and changes to menstrual flow, duration, frequency and regularity. Results: There was a common pattern of menstrual change which was of heavier, less frequent, irregular menstruation. Forty one percent of post-menopausal and 40% of women still in the menopause transition stated that, in terms of overall perception, the changes to menstruation experienced during the menopause transition were not problematic or disruptive. When specific change characteristics were examined, significant differences were found in duration of menses (p = 0.014) and cycle irregularity (p = 0.005) but no significant differences were found on the amount of flow (p = 0.125) or frequency of cycles (p = 0.142). Conclusions: Increased duration and increased irregularity of occurrence of each period are problematic for women going through the menopause transition, however, increased amount of menstrual flow at each period and increased frequency of cycles are not problematic changes. © 2009 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Maturitas
ISSN: 03785122
DOI: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2009.08.001
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