Knowledge of Post-Menopausal Syndrome among Menopausal Women
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The term menopause simply refers to the last menstrual period which is defined by not having had a period in 12 months. Although a technical definition of menopause refers to your last period, it is not an abrupt event but a gradual process. The cessation of menstrual cycles at the end of a woman's reproductive period is termed as menopause. Menopause before age 45 is considered premature in industrialized countries. The age of menopause is largely a result of genetics; however, illnesses, certain surgeries, or medical treatments may cause menopause to occur earlier.
In this pre-experimental study, 60 menopausal women in the age group of 45–55 years were selected as the samples for the study by using non-probability purposive sampling. The data was collected by using structured questionnaire on post-menopausal symptoms. Data analysis were performed by descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. SPSS-17 software was used and P values less than 0.05 were considered significant.
In the pre-test [mean =6.2, SD=.879], majority of the menopausal women had inadequate knowledge regarding post-menopausal syndrome and in the post test [mean= 12.15, SD=1.022], majority of the menopausal women had moderate knowledge regarding post-menopausal syndrome.
The result shows that there was improvement in knowledge regarding post-menopausal syndrome after implementation of structured teaching programme on post-menopausal syndrome which was calculated at 0.05 level of significance. So, it is concluded that the structured teaching programme on post-menopausal syndrome was effective to improve the knowledge of post-menopausal women.
Post-Menopausal syndrome, Knowledge of post-menopausal women, Structured teaching programme on post-menopausal syndrome.