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J Menopausal Med. 2018 Apr;24(1):50-55. English. Original Article. https://doi.org/10.6118/jmm.2018.24.1.50
Hakimi S , Haggi HB , Shojai SK , Farahbakhsh M , Farhan F .
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tabriz University of Medical Science, Tabriz, Iran. badali_13555@yahoo.com
Azerbaijan Medical University, Baku, Azerbaijan.
Abstract

Objectives

Although hormonal changes during menopause are inevitable in this period, the severity of the menopausal symptoms can be controlled. Accepting menopause and having a positive attitude toward it can also help. Given the results of previous studies, and since environmental factors affect the pattern of menopausal symptoms the present study was conducted to compare the pattern of menopausal symptoms, concern and attitudes in urban and rural postmenopausal women.

Methods

This cross-sectional study was conducted on urban and rural postmenopausal women residing in and around Tabriz, Iran. Cluster sampling was used to select the subjects. The data collection tools used included a demographic questionnaire to assess women's experiences during menopause.

Results

This study examined 544 urban and rural postmenopausal women between March and September 2015. The women had a mean age of 51.8 ± 3.1. After adjusting the basic variables, the mean scores of menopausal symptoms and their subscales showed significantly higher scores in the physical and psychological subscales in the urban women, while the rural women had significantly higher scores in the concern subscale.

Conclusions

Rural women were significantly different from urban women in terms of menopausal symptoms, concern and attitudes. Hot flushes, a common menopausal symptom, and decreased sexual desire were more common in the urban women; in contrast, the rural women experienced more concern about menopause and its consequences.

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