Monday, 3 November 2014

PhD student Rakibul Islam looks at the revalence of menopausal symptoms in Asian midlife women.

PhD student, Rakibul Islam has recently co authored a study which looks at the prevalence of menopausal symptoms in Asian midlife women. 

According to the study, the prevalence of various menopausal symptoms, as well as symptom severity, varies depending on the geographic, socioeconomic and cultural context in which women live. It notes that in developed countries amongst Caucasian women, vasomotor symptoms predominate, whereas several studies have indicated that Asian women mostly report somatic symptoms. However, there appears to be substantial variation in the prevalence of menopausal symptoms reported across studies of women in Asia. No systematic review has been conducted of studies reporting the prevalence of menopausal symptoms in the Asian context.

The objective of the study is to systematically review the published articles that have documented the prevalence of menopausal symptoms in Asian women and consider potential explanations for the variations in the findings.

It found that although there is a wide variation in the reported prevalence of menopausal symptoms, physical symptoms predominate, followed by psychological symptoms, vasomotor symptoms and sexual symptoms. It also suggests that further studies of representative samples are necessary to understand whether the variations in prevalence reporting are a function of methodological issues or due to ethnic, cultural or other socioeconomic differences.

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