Published: 2017-09-23

Psycho sexual profile of perimenopausal and post-menopausal women visiting a tertiary care centre

Smita Sharma, Poonam Mani, Shashi Prateek, Lalita Yadav, Jasneet Dhingra


Background: The objective was to study the psychosexual profile of perimenopausal and postmenopausal females visiting a tertiary care centre.

Methods: The present study was carried out in the Obstetrics and Gynecological Department of Subharti Medical College and Hospital from July 2013 to June 2015.A questionnaire was made including the questions regarding the various symptoms and problems encountered by both peri and postmenopausal females. A detailed interaction in the form of history and examination was done on a total of 220 patients which included both type of females. They were then given a questionnaire which they filled it by themselves or with assistance from our side. The females in both the groups were then analysed on the presence or absence of a particular symptom and whether the difference was statistically significant or not and the data was analysed using Chi square test.

Results: The study showed varied symptoms in both the type of females be it Perimenopausal or post-menopausal. The vasomotor and the psychological symptoms were more common in the perimenopausal females whereas the physical and sexual symptoms were more common in post-menopausal females. Variations from this pattern were also found. The mean age of menopause was found to be 48.3 years with only 1.81% females above 70 years.

Conclusions: The perimenopausal and postmenopausal females do undergo many physiological as well as psychological changes that surely affects their social, personal as well as sexual life. Thus they require a lot of care and support and adequate evaluation so that they can be treated well.



Menopause, Menopausal transition, Perimenopause, Psychosexual profile

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