Age of Menopause and Menopausal Symptoms Among Malaysian Women Who Referred to Health Clinic in Malaysia

Jahanfar Sh, Abdul Rahim b A, Shah Reza b K, Nor Azura bt I, Sharifah Nora bt. S A D, Siti Asma’ bt. A R


Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation due to loss of ovarian follicular function. Due to increased life span among Malaysians, women will have to spend 1/3 of their life during menopause. Early and late complications of menopause calls for specific attention to this large group of women who need constant care. This cross sectional study aims at obtaining the age at menopause in women attending Greentown clinic in Ipoh. The incidence of early menopausal symptoms and correlation between socio-demographic characteristics of these women and severity of menopausal symptoms were also sought. Result suggested that age at menopause was 47.96 years of age. No significant correlation was found between demographic data and severity of menopausal symptoms. High incidence of the menopausal symptoms found in this study group is the evidence of strong need for the establishment of a menopausal clinic to deal with particular problem arising in this age group.

Shiraz E-Medical Journal, Vol. 7, No. 3, July 2006