Quality of life and menopausal transition for middle-aged women on Kinmen island

Jong Ling Fuh*, S. J. Wang, S. J. Lee, S. R. Lu, K. D. Juang

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Although it seems reasonable to suggest that most women experience significant changes in quality of life (QOL) during the menopausal period, few researchers have quantified these changes. A total of 1497 women, aged 40-54 years and living on the island of Kinmen, were recruited for this survey. However, 137 were eliminated leaving 1360 for analysis. Women who used hormonal therapy or who had undergone surgically induced menopause were excluded. The subjects with incomplete data or who exhibited mental retardation or severe psychiatric disease were also eliminated. Univariate analysis demonstrated that, in general, QOL scores were poorer for perimenopausal and postmenopausal status. Comparing pre- and postmenopausal women, significant statistical differences were demonstrated for role limitations due to physical and emotional problems, even after adjusting for age, education level, body mass index, menarche, and chronic illness. A strong association was demonstrated between menopausal symptoms and premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Women with menopausal symptoms and PMS had significantly lower scores on all SF-36 dimensions. The results of this study suggest that poorer health status is experienced by peri- and postmenopausal women compared to premenopausal women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalQuality of Life Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Health related
  • Menopause
  • Quality of life
  • Women


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