Common health issues of menopausal women living in Char area around Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College and Hospital, Barpeta in North-East India
Bishnu Prasad Das, Tapan Talukdar, Ayesha Siddika Ahmed
Objective: To evaluate the health status, age at menopause and associated symptomatology amongst women at mid-life in adjoining Char area of FAAMC.Materials and Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was conducted from 1-st January 2012 to 31-st December 2013. A pre-structured questionnaire was followed while 100 menopausal women were counselled belonging to Char area in Barpeta district of Assam.Results:Mean age of menopause was 44.53 years. Main symptoms associated with menopause were found to be as- joint pain (51%), backache (48%), fatigue (36%), urinary problems (28%) and hot flushes (20%) and cold sweats (12%). Other common ailments were found to be arthritis (30%), hypertension (18%) and diabetes (4%). Conclusion: Mean age at menopause was 44.3 years. Main co-morbid conditions were arthritis and hypertension.