Research Article| Volume 17, ISSUE 3, P155-166, November 1993

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Climacteric complaints and their relation to menopausal development — A retrospective analysis

  • A. K∅ster
    Correspondence to: Anne Koster MD, Roskilde Psychiatric County Hospital, Fjorden, Smedegade 14, DK-4000 Roskilde, Denmark.
    The Glostrup Population Studies, Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen and Department of Data Processing, County Hospital of Copenhagen, Herlev Denmark
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  • M. Davidsen
    The Glostrup Population Studies, Glostrup Hospital, University of Copenhagen and Department of Data Processing, County Hospital of Copenhagen, Herlev Denmark
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      The present study had two objectives: (I) to register the prevalence of a number of climacteric complaints in a Danish general population cohort and (2) retrospectively to test the validity of an association between climacteric complaints, menopausal development, occurence of life events and social background. A postal questionnaire sent to the 51-year-old female population living in four Copenhagen suburbs,(N = 597, response rate = 88%) included information on menstrual pattern and change, hormonal treatment, socioeconomic data and a 4-year retrospective annual registration of prevalence of a number of climacteric complaints and life events. Logistic regression analyses performed on a restricted sample (women who experienced a natural menopausal development) revealed prevalence of hot flushes, moodiness and fatigue to be significantly associated with transitions in menopausal status. Fatigue, moodiness and depression were strongly associated with socio-economic variables. Life events were only occasionally associated with prevalence of the studied complaints.


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