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Maturitas. 2010 Aug;66(4):431-4. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.03.030.

A comparison of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) after natural and surgical menopause.

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SC Das Memorial Medical and Research Center, Kolkata, India. drsudhindra54@gmail.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To compare the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of women at surgical menopause with that of women at natural menopause, utilizing the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS-II).

STUDY DESIGN:

An institution-based cross-sectional study design was used, with 32 participants in each of two groups: women who had undergone surgical menopause of 9-12 months previously; and women who were more than 40 years of age and had had oligomenorrhoea for at least 1 year. The MRS-II was used to assess HRQOL. None of the women had received any hormonal therapy before assessment.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Total MRS-II scores along with the scores on the somato-vegetative, psychological and urogenital sub-scales were compared between the two groups.

RESULTS:

HRQOL was rated as worse by the surgical menopause group than by the natural menopause group: the total MRS-II scores were much higher for the surgical menopause group (mean=29.4, SD=6.7) than for natural menopause group (mean=20.7, SD=6.5), and this difference was significant (p<0.0001). Similar results were obtained on the three sub-scales-somato-vegetative (p=0.030), psychological (p<0.0001) and urogenital (p<0.0001).

CONCLUSION:

HRQOL is worse after surgical than in natural menopause. Routine surgical castration at hysterectomy should be avoided because of adverse short-term effects and, potentially, long-term consequences.

PMID:
20434859
DOI:
10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.03.030
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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