Korean J Women Health Nurs.  2012 Mar;18(1):28-37. 10.4069/kjwhn.2012.18.1.28.

Menopausal Symptoms according to Sasang Constitution and Menopausal Status among Perimenopause Women

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Semyung University, Korea. mh1352@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
The purpose of this study was to address the difference menopausal symptoms according to sasang constitution and menopausal status among perimenopausal women.
METHODS
Data for this cross-sectional study was collected by administering questionnaires that elicited general information. The menopause rating scale (MRS) and Questionnaire for the Sasang Constitution Classification II (QSCC II) was given to 284 perimenopausal women who met the eligibility criteria and agreed to participate in the study.
RESULTS
The study subjects were composed of 27.5% so-yangin, 24.6% so-eumin, 18.7% tae-eumin, and 29.6% undefined category. The total MRS and all subscales were significantly higher for postmenopausal women in comparison to premenopausal women. Especially, so-eumin and tae-eumin displayed significantly higher scores in urogenital symptoms. The MRS score in postmenopausal women who belonged to the group of tae-eumin and so-eumin was significantly higher than those for premenopausal women. However, so-yangin displayed higher scores in psychological and urogenital symptoms than tae-eumin for premenopausal women. So-eumin presented significantly higher scores in urogenital symptoms in comparison to the undefined category for postmenopausal women.
CONCLUSION
These findings suggest that sasang constitution could be an important factor in understanding the woman's menopausal symptoms and identify the best treatment.

Keyword

Women; Premenopause; Postmenopause; Symptoms; Sasang Constitution

MeSH Terms

Constitution and Bylaws
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Humans
Menopause
Perimenopause
Postmenopause
Premenopause
Surveys and Questionnaires
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