RESEARCH PAPER
Perception and degree of acceptance of menopause-related changes in various spheres of life by postmenopausal women
 
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Diagnostic Techniqe Unit, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Independent Psychic Health Unit, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Artur Wdowiak   

Diagnostic Techniqe Unit, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
 
Ann Agric Environ Med. 2014;21(3):666–669
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ABSTRACT
Objective:
The objective of the study was retrospective analysis of self-reported perception and acceptance of changes related to menopause among women 1–10 years after the occurrence of their last menstrual period. The selected aspects covered social contacts with the family level (social wellbeing), perception of own physicality and inner feelings concerning sex life (psychological wellbeing).

Material and Methods:
The study covered 204 postmenopausal women 1–10 years after the last menstrual period. Analysis was performed based on a self-designed questionnaire and the data obtained were subjected to statistical analysis. Relationships were detected using the χ2 test. The p values p<0.05 were considered statistically significant (5% level of error probability).

Results:
Women who coped with the menopausal transition easier more rarely perceived unfavourable changes in their family life. In the group of women with a high or very high level of difficulties in adaptation to menopause, the women twice less frequently declared positive sexual sensations or lack of changes. No significant differences were observed in the perception of own physicality and degree of experiencing the transition through menopause.

Conclusions:
The perimenopausal period exerts a great effect on the psychological and social wellbeing of women. The degree of difficulties in experiencing the menopausal transition is important. Women who adapt to changes associated with menopause with more ease have fewer difficulties in their family life, and statistically less frequently report negative experiences in sexual contacts.

 
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