Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Climacteric. 2014 Oct;17(5):529-39. doi: 10.3109/13697137.2013.865721. Epub 2014 Jan 8.

Prevalence of menopausal symptoms in Australian women at midlife: a systematic review.

Author information

  • 1Women's Health Research Program, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University , Melbourne, Victoria , Australia.

Abstract

AIM:

To systematically review the published data for the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms in Australian women.

METHOD:

A comprehensive and systematic literature search was done using six databases to extract all English-language, peer-reviewed studies that contained information on the prevalence of menopausal symptoms among women living in Australia. Risk of bias of included studies was assessed using a risk-of-bias tool specifically designed for the systematic review of prevalence studies.

RESULTS:

Eight independent studies met our inclusion criteria. There was no consistent pattern of vasomotor, psychological, physical or sexual symptom prevalence for the studies that reported symptoms across the menopausal stages. The ranges of the prevalences for the various outcomes were wide. A high level of bias was observed related to both external and internal validities for the included studies.

CONCLUSION:

The available data for the prevalence of menopausal symptoms in Australian women are not sufficient to allow conclusive findings. A large, appropriately sampled study using a validated questionnaire is needed to establish the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms in Australian women.

KEYWORDS:

AUSTRALIAN WOMEN; MENOPAUSAL SYMPTOMS; MIDLIFE; PREVALENCE; SYSTEMATIC REVIEW

PMID:
24245562
DOI:
10.3109/13697137.2013.865721
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Taylor & Francis
    Loading ...
    Support Center