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Health symptoms during midlife in relation to menopausal transition: British prospective cohort study

Gita D Mishra and Diana Kuh
BMJ: British Medical Journal
Vol. 344, No. 7846 (3 March 2012), p. 16
Published by: BMJ
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41502268
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Abstract

STUDY QUESTION Can women be classified into groups of symptoms experienced through the menopausal transition? SUMMARY ANSWER Four stable symptom groups were identified: psychological, vasomotor, sexual, and somatic; within these we identified several profiles based on severity, which clearly related to the timing of menopause for psychological, vasomotor, and sexual symptoms but not for somatic symptoms. WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS Vasomotor symptoms are some of the few health symptoms reported by women during midlife that have established links with the menopausal transition, with many studies on other symptoms reporting mixed findings. This study provides a detailed account of symptom groups and their relation to the timing of menopause for women with specific profiles of symptoms.

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