Yonsei Med J.  2017 May;58(3):533-539. 10.3349/ymj.2017.58.3.533.

Perceptions of Postmenopausal Symptoms and Treatment Options among Middle-Aged Korean Women

Affiliations
  • 1Division of Gynecologic Endocrinology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Severance Hospital, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. dr222@yuhs.ac
  • 2Institute of Women's Life Medical Science, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ajou University College of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 5Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sungkyunkwan University College of Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
To investigate the perceptions of postmenopausal symptoms and treatment options among middle-aged Korean women.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
This cross-sectional study included 2330 Korean women. The women were administered a structured questionnaire to collect sociodemographic data and information regarding menopause and its treatment.
RESULTS
More than half (65%) of the participants perceived menopause as a disease, and 66.8% knew hormone therapy (HT) is available for menopausal symptom treatment. However, only 19.7% of participants visited clinics for HT. The most common reasons for having negative views about HT were its adverse reactions (47.3%) and concerns about developing cancer (41.1%). For symptom management, 36.5% of the participants tried lifestyle modification instead of HT.
CONCLUSION
The majority of Korean women regarded menopause as a disease. They were aware of HT for menopausal symptom treatment, but the use of HT was relatively low. Education about the safety and positive effects of HT and the importance of professional healthcare should be provided.

Keyword

Postmenopause; hormone replacement therapy; middle aged

MeSH Terms

Aged
Cross-Sectional Studies
Estrogen Replacement Therapy/adverse effects/*psychology
Female
*Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Humans
Menopause/*psychology
Middle Aged
Postmenopause/*ethnology
Republic of Korea
Surveys and Questionnaires
*Women's Health
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