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Type: Artigo
Title: Opinions and main sources of information about menopause among middle-aged brazilian women
Author: de Arruda Amaral, Isabel Cristina Gardenal
Baccaro, Luiz Francisco
Lui-Filho, Jeffrey Frederico
Osis, Maria Jose Duarte
Pedro, Adriana Orcesi
Costa-Paiva, Lucia
Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate women's opinions about menopause and the sources of information they use to deepen their understanding of the topic. Population-based study with 749 Brazilian women aged 45 to 60 years. The answers to the question "What is menopause?" were typed and coded, and categories that emerged from the interviewees' own speech were created. The answers to the question: "Where or from whom did you get information about menopause?" were also analyzed. The mean age of women was 52.5 (+/- 4.4) years. Of them, 68% were postmenopausal. According to 67.5% of the interviewees, the concept of menopause encompassed changes in the menstrual cycle and hormones. For 48%, menopause meant physical changes such as "hot flushes and vaginal dryness." For 22.7%, menopause represented psychological changes. The concept of menopause was associated with some change in sexuality for 7.6% of the interviewees. Approximately 18% could not explain what menopause meant. Regarding the sources of information, 44.5% of the women attributed this knowledge to friends and relatives. Doctors or health services were mentioned by 44.3% of women. Television or radio was cited by 22.0%; magazines, newspapers, or books were cited by 14.0%; and the Internet was cited by 6.8% of women. Fifty-two women (6.9%) reported having no source of information about menopause. Most of the interviewees relate the term "menopause" to physiological events. There seems to be a suppressed demand for information on the various aspects of the menopausal transition among middle-aged Brazilian women
Subject: Climatério
Country: Estados Unidos
Editor: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Rights: Fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1097/GME.0000000000001378
Date Issue: 2019
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