Title, Synopsis and Publications Investigators and Collaborators
Heterogeneity in selected health symptoms and menopause transition
The menopausal transition is a normal but complex physiological and psychosocial process. This transition develops over a period of 4 to 7 years, and starts on average at around age 47. It ends with the menopause (final menstrual period) at around age 51 years, and by age 55 nearly all Australian women are postmenopausal. Symptoms typically associated with the menopausal transition include shorter cycles, irregular bleeding, vasomotor symptoms (hot flushes and night sweats), sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and dyspareunia, decreased libido, urinary symptoms, muscle and joint pains, and changes in mood, particularly depression and anxiety. The aim of this project is to extend our work (Mishra & Dobson, 2012) by examining the relationships between menopausal transition (status), age at menopause and profiles of: 1) sleep problems 2) physical functioning 3) joint pain/stiffness 4) symptoms of depression (CESD, self reported doctor diagnosed, MHI), 5) health care utilisation The proposed project is part of an EOI already approved for InterLACE (A414). However as not all of the above aspects have been fully explored in ALSWH we hope to publish results from ALSWH first. Part (4) of this work will also contribute to DOHA Report H.
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Prof Gita Mishra
Prof Gita Mishra
Prof Annette Dobson
Prof Julie Byles
Dr Geeske Peeters
Prof Martha Hickey
Ms Danielle Schoenaker