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Perceptions of postmenopausal symptoms and treatment options among middle-aged Korean women

Authors
 Min Kyoung Kim  ;  Seok Kyo Seo  ;  Hee Dong Chae  ;  Kyung Joo Hwang  ;  Tak Kim  ;  Byung-Koo Yoon  ;  Byung Seok Lee 
Citation
 YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol.58(3) : 533-539, 2017 
Journal Title
YONSEI MEDICAL JOURNAL
ISSN
 0513-5796 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Aged ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Estrogen Replacement Therapy/adverse effects ; Estrogen Replacement Therapy/psychology* ; Female ; Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice* ; Humans ; Menopause/psychology* ; Middle Aged ; Postmenopause/ethnology* ; Republic of Korea ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Women's Health*
Keywords
Postmenopause ; hormone replacement therapy ; middle aged
Abstract
PURPOSE: To investigate the perceptions of postmenopausal symptoms and treatment options among middle-aged Korean women.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 2330 Korean women. The women were administered a structured questionnaire to collect sociodemographic data and information regarding menopause and its treatment.

RESULTS: More than half (65%) of the participants perceived menopause as a disease, and 66.8% knew hormone therapy (HT) is available for menopausal symptom treatment. However, only 19.7% of participants visited clinics for HT. The most common reasons for having negative views about HT were its adverse reactions (47.3%) and concerns about developing cancer (41.1%). For symptom management, 36.5% of the participants tried lifestyle modification instead of HT.

CONCLUSION: The majority of Korean women regarded menopause as a disease. They were aware of HT for menopausal symptom treatment, but the use of HT was relatively low. Education about the safety and positive effects of HT and the importance of professional healthcare should be provided.
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DOI
10.3349/ymj.2017.58.3.533
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology (산부인과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Min Kyoung(김민경)
Seo, Seok Kyo(서석교) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3404-0484
Lee, Byung Seok(이병석) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6001-2079
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/154468
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