Revista Cubana de Medicina General Integral
versión On-line ISSN 1561-3038
NAVARRO DESPAIGNE, Daysi y FONTAINE SEMANAT, Yadiria. Síndrome climatérico: su repercusión social en mujeres de edad mediana . Rev Cubana Med Gen Integr [online]. 2001, vol.17, n.2, pp. 169-176. ISSN 1561-3038.
A descriptive and cross-sectional study was conducted to describe the clinical features of the climacteric syndrome (CS) and its social and familiar influence. 340 women aged 40-59, who were permanent residents in Centro Habana Municipality were included in the study. We found that 69 % were in the postmenopausal stage and that waves of heat were more frequent during the early stage of postmenopausia (78,5 %) and that they decreased in the subsequent years (34,1 %, p < 0,05), a period where insomnia had its highest frequency. 49,7 % considered their symptoms as very annoying. 23 % of these women made reference to their abscences from work due to the climacteric symptomatology. Only 42 % asked for medical care and 53,3 % received nonhormonal therapy. Family members were comprehensive and helpful in 140 women (41,7 %). As the climacterium affects the quality of life, it is necessary that family physicians know the pecularities of this stage in order to establish the appropriate behaviour for each woman
Palabras llave : CLIMACTERIC [/physiology]; MENOPAUSE [/physiology]; QUALITY OF LIFE; WOMEN'S HEALTH; PHYSICIANS, FAMILY.