Objective To describe the health symptoms of a large representative sample of British women at age 47 years, and to examine the influence of the menopause allowing for social factors and health in earlier adult life.
Design A national prospective birth cohort study.
Information on health problems, menstrual cycle, use of hormone replacement therapy and life stress at 47 years was collected using a postal questionnaire.
Information on health, smoking behaviour and educational attainment earlier in life had been collected at previous home visits.
Setting England, Scotland and Wales.
Population A general population sample of 1498 women, 84% of those sent a questionnaire.
Main outcome measure Twenty self-reported health symptoms over the previous 12 months.
Results Women who had experienced an early natural menopause had a strongly raised risk of vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes or night sweats), sexual difficulties (vaginal dryness or difficulties with intercourse) and trouble sleeping.
However, there was little or no excess risk of other somatic or psychological symptoms.
In contrast, all types of symptoms were more common among women who had had a hysterectomy or were users of hormone replacement therapy. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Santé, Symptomatologie, Ménopause, Statut socioéconomique, Régression logistique, Epidémiologie, Evaluation, Homme, Femelle, Age 40-49, Etude cohorte, Pays de Galles, Grande Bretagne, Royaume Uni, Europe, Ecosse, Appareil génital femelle, Angleterre
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Health, Symptomatology, Menopause, Socioeconomic status, Logistic regression, Epidemiology, Evaluation, Human, Female, Age 40-49, Cohort study, Wales, Great Britain, United Kingdom, Europe, Scotland, Female genital system, England
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0417292
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 19/12/1997.