The researchers investigated the association between moderate-severely bothersome vasomotor symptoms (VMS) and psychological general well-being in women, aged 40–65 years, taking into account sociodemographic and lifestyle factors. This was a cross-sectional survey of 2020 Australian women, aged 40–65 years, recruited from the community between July 2013 and March 2014.
Wellbeing was assessed by the Psychological and General Wellbeing questionnaire (PGWB) and VMS by the Menopause-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire. Moderate-severely bothersome VMS had a strong significant negative association with psychological general well-being [regression coefficient (β) = -8.17, 95% confidence interval (CI) -10.90 to -5.45].
Sociodemographic factors associated with lower well-being included being un-partnered (β = -2.80, 95% CI -4.74 to -0.86), obese (β = -5.46, 95% CI -7.24 to -3.68) and a smoker (β = -3.47, 95% CI -6.10 to -0.84). Older age (β = 0.29, 95% CI 0.06–0.42) and participation in paid and/or volunteer work (β = 2.72, 95% CI 0.61–4.82) were positively associated with well-being. For those with insecure housing, being a carer was associated with better well-being.
Gartoulla P, Bell RJ, Worsley R, Davis SR. Moderate-severely bothersome vasomotor symptoms are associated with lowered psychological general wellbeing in women at midlife. Maturitas 2015;81:487–492 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26115590
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