Association Between Physical Activities and Menopausal Symptoms Among Menopausal Women
American Journal of Nursing Science
Volume 8, Issue 6, December 2019, Pages: 294-303
Received: Sep. 6, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 28, 2019; Published: Oct. 20, 2019
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Laila Mohammad Nuwigi Alrashidi, Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, College of Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Sahar Ahmed Ali Al Shamandy, Obstetrics and Gynecology Nursing, College of Nursing, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Haifa Abdul-Aziz Al-Turki, Obstetrics & Gynecology Medicine, College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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Menopause play a vital role in woman’s life. Recent study emphasized that physical activities are becoming one of the most important alternative treatments to deal with menopausal symptoms. This study aims to determine the association between level of physical activities and menopausal symptoms among women. A cross sectional study design was used in carrying out this study. The study conducted at King Fahad Hospital of University (KFHU) in its Outpatient Department (OPD) from March to May 2018 with a total sample of 208 women who visiting the previous mentioned setting according to the inclusion criteria. Three tools were used to collect data: A structured questionnaire sheet was developed and used by the researcher after reviewing the related literatures to collect socio-demographic data. A standardized tool (Menopausal Rating Scale-MRS) was used to know the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms and a standardized tool (Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire-LTEQ) was used to assess physical activities intensity. The results of the present study revealed that more than half of the participants had moderate level of the severity of menopausal symptoms (53.4%). This study also shows that the (82%) of them were more likely to do only mild exercise and only two symptoms namely hot flush/sweating from somatic symptoms and depressive mood under psychological symptoms demonstrated statistical significance with p values 0.002 & 0.029 respectively. Also, it is observed in this study that Body Mass Index (BMI) and the menopausal symptoms which comes under the somatic symptoms provides a high statistical significance with p value of 0.001. The study signifies that more than half of menopausal women (53.4%) were in the normal menopausal age and most women with a normal BMI (69.2%). While signifies the prevalence of joint and muscular discomfort was the highest among the four somatic menopausal symptoms with 95.2% of participants, followed by bladder problems was the highest among urogenital subscales with (88.5%). However, the physical and mental exhaustions was the highest among psychological subscales with 84.1% of the participants.
Physical Activities, Menopausal Symptoms, Menopausal Women
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Laila Mohammad Nuwigi Alrashidi, Sahar Ahmed Ali Al Shamandy, Haifa Abdul-Aziz Al-Turki, Association Between Physical Activities and Menopausal Symptoms Among Menopausal Women, American Journal of Nursing Science. Vol. 8, No. 6, 2019, pp. 294-303. doi: 10.11648/j.ajns.20190806.12
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