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Climacteric. 2005 Mar;8(1):56-62.

Greene Climacteric Scale: norms in an Australian population in relation to age and menopausal status.

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Betty Byrne Henderson Women's Health Research Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, Australia.



The aim of this study was two-fold: to assess climacteric symptoms and provide normative data for the Greene Climacteric Scale during the menopause transition, and to investigate the prevalence of climacteric symptoms in a representative sample of postmenopausal Australian women.


A cohort of 500 premenopausal, perimenopausal and postmenopausal women aged 40-80 years participated in the Longitudinal Study of Ageing in Women (LAW study) at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. In year 1 of the study (2001), all participants completed the Greene Climacteric Scale and information regarding their menopausal status and the use of hormone therapy (HT) was obtained through a clinical interview with a qualified medical practitioner.


The 50-59-year age group achieved the highest scores on the vasomotor and the depression scales in comparison to other age groups. Significant differences were also evident on the vasomotor and the depression scales on the basis of menopausal status, especially in perimenopausal women. Approximately 10% of women in the 60-79-year age group continued to experience vasomotor symptoms.


Vasomotor symptoms, as assessed by the Greene Climacteric Scale, are common during the menopause transition and remain elevated for some years in a minority of older postmenopausal women. The norms presented in this study are appropriate for use in an Australian population.

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