IJCRR - 8(7), April, 2016
KNOWLEDGE OF QUALIFIED PARAMEDICAL STAFFS IN UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND HORMONAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY IN MENOPAUSE
Author: Umakant Valvekar, S. Viswanathan
Background: Menopause is a hormonal depletion state which may lead to psychosomatic condition where it needs psychological support by family members. Most menopausal women go untreated. It is better to have physician’s advice in some cases for normal life style. The awareness of menopause and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) was low among paramedical staff. Methodology: A survey was conducted in 34 women paramedical staff members of Karpaga Vinayaga Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Tamil Nadu, India. The survey was about the knowledge of women paramedical staff in understanding vasomotor, psychosocial, physical, sexual changes and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) in menopausal women. The study subjects were divided into two groups as menopausal group (group A) and premenopausal group (group B) consists of 17 subjects in each group. Results: In the present study most menopausal group (group A) women answered that they had experienced hot flushes, insomnia, psychological disturbances, bloated feeling as major symptoms. In this survey most of the paramedical women staff members of menopausal group replied that there was a decrease in the sexual interest in them and they felt natural approaches are better than replacement therapy. Whereas majority of women from premenopausal group (group B) opinioned that sexual interest does not decrease even after menopause. However, they expressed similar opinion as that of menopausal women for the natural approach of menopause is better than hormonal replacement therapy. Conclusion: Awareness of the menopause and HRT is low even among the paramedical staffs. This clearly suggests that there is need to change the attitude of a common woman towards menopause. This can be done by conducting awareness programs on menopause and hormonal replacement therapy (HRT) to paramedical staffs and general public.
Keywords: Attitude, Knowledge, HRT, Symptomatology of menopause, Nursing staffs and Medical technicians
Umakant Valvekar, S. Viswanathan. KNOWLEDGE OF QUALIFIED PARAMEDICAL STAFFS IN UNDERSTANDING THE SYMPTOMATOLOGY AND HORMONAL REPLACEMENT THERAPY IN MENOPAUSE International Journal of Current Research and Review. 8(7), April, 08-12
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