The aim of this study was to assess menopausal symptoms and factors affecting it for Turkish women. This descriptive and cross-sectional survey was performed in Adana, Turkey. The study was conducted with a total of 280 women aged between 40â€“65 years. The data was collected with the personal information form and the Menopause Rating Scale (MRS). Data analysis included determining the percentage, arithmetic average, Kruskalâ€“Wallis test, Mann-Whitney U test, t test, and analysis of variance. In the study it was determined that the average age of the participants were 54.65 Â± 6.90 years. The mean score of total MRS was 20.22 Â± 10.11. The mean scores of; somatic symptom subscale was 3.94 Â± 2.11, psychological symptom subscale was 11.54 Â± 6.01, and the urogenital symptom subscale was 4.74 Â± 3.72. It was found that the women experienced hot flushes/sweating (51.4%), irritability symptoms (40%), muscle and joint problems (37.1%), and sexual problems at a severe level to very severe level (34.3%). It was also deduced that women did not perceive menopause as a natural process, because they feel that menopause made them lose their femininity. Age, education level, working status, marital status, income status, smoking behavior, exercise, number of pregnancies, and knowledge about menopause statistically affected the total MRS scores of women. These results showed that women experienced severe menopausal symptoms\\r\\nKeywords: menopause, MRS, psychological, somatic, uro-genital symptoms.
Author(s): Evsen Nazik, Sevban Arslan, Seda Karacay Yikar, Hakan Nazik, Funda Ozdemir, Serap Apay