Changes in physical symptoms during the menopause transition

This article analyzes physical symptoms experienced by mid-age Australian women in different stages of the menopause transition

Wendy J. Brown; Gita D. Mishra; Annette Dobson

2004

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  • This article analyzes physical symptoms experienced by mid-age Australian women in different stages of the menopause transition
  • Women were assignedto 1 of6menopause groups according totheir menopausal status at Surveys 1 and 2, and compared on symptoms experienced at Surveys 1 and 2, adjusted for lifestyle, behavioral and demographic factors
  • Perimenopausal women were more likely than premenopausal or postmenopausal women to report these symptoms
  • Hot flushes and night sweats were more common among postmenopausal women
  • Compared with those who remained premenopausal, women who were in the early stages of menopause or perimenopausal were more likely to report tiredness, stiff joints, difficulty sleeping, and hot flushes at Survey 2
  • Odds ratios for night sweats increased for women in consecutive stages of the menopause transition and remained high in the postmenopausal women

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