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Open Access Research article

Menopausal symptoms assessment among middle age women in Kushtia, Bangladesh

Shahedur Rahman1*, Faizus Salehin2 and Asif Iqbal1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Islamic University, Kushtia-7003, Bangladesh

2 Department of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Development Alternative, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:188  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-4-188

Published: 15 June 2011

Abstract

Background

There are few menopausal study data available in South East Asia especially in Bangladesh. This study was conducted in a well populated town named Kushtia, which is located in the western part of Bangladesh.

Objectives

This study was aimed to document the menopausal-related symptoms among middle age women of Kushtia region of Bangladesh.

Methods

By using modified MRS (Menopause Rating Scale) questionnaire, 509 women aged 40-70 years were interviewed to document symptoms commonly associated with menopause.

Findings

The mean age of menopause was 51.14 years. The most prevalent symptoms reported include, feeling tired (92.90%); headache (88.80%); joint and muscular discomfort (76.20%); physical and mental exhaustion (60.90%) and sleeplessness (54.40%) which are followed by depressive mood (37.30%); irritability (36%); dryness of vagina (36%); hot flushes and sweating (35.80%); anxiety (34.20%). However, noted less frequent symptoms were sexual problem (31.20%); cardiac discomfort (19.10%) and bladder problem (12.80%).

Conclusions

The prevalence of menopausal symptoms found in this study correspond to other studies on Asian women however the prevalence of classical menopausal symptoms of hot flushes and sweating were lower compared to studies on Caucasian women.