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Determination Of Menopausal Symptoms, Sleep Levels, And Quality Of Life Of Women Who Applied To Menopause School And Self-Examination Of Breasts And Vulva
  • Yeliz Kaya,
  • Dilek Sayik,
  • Muzaffer Bilgin
Yeliz Kaya
, Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Health Sciences,
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Dilek Sayik
Eskisehir City Hospital
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Muzaffer Bilgin
Eskişehir Osmangazi University Faculty of Medicine
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Peer review status:POSTED

24 Jul 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
02 Aug 2020Assigned to Editor
02 Aug 2020Submission Checks Completed

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to determine menopausal symptoms, sleep levels, quality of life of women in the premenopausal, menopausal, and postmenopausal period, to increase their knowledge level with training to be provided, to reduce their menopausal symptoms, to improve quality of life and sleep quality, and to enable self-examination of breasts and vulva with training provided. Method: The research was conducted in a public hospital in Eskişehir. The study had a quasi-experimental design. The sample of the research consisted of 36 women aged between 40-65 years. These women were asked to complete the Sociodemographic Characteristics Determination Form, Menopause Rating Scale, Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and Quality of Life Scale (SF-36) when they applied to menopause school. After the forms were completed, the participants were given training. Following training, the scales were re-completed and then women were enabled to perform self-examination of breasts (SEB) and self-examination of the vulva (SEV). The IBM SPSS Statistics 21.0 was used for the analysis. Results: The mean age of the women was 50.66±4.45 and that the mean menopause age was 47.60±3.45. The most frequently described symptom was fatigue (91.7%). It was seen that after the training, the MRS score of the women decreased from 16.83±8.87 to 13.66±8.36; the PSQI score decreased from 14.34±2.64 to 13.81±2.55; the mean Quality of Life (SF-36) scale score increased from 48.74±19.13 to 54.92±17.40. As a result of SEB and SEV performed by the women after the training, it was determined that 5.6% of the women had a breast deformity, that 8.3% had a palpable mass in the breast and that 13.9% detected a vaginal discharge in the vulva examination (p<0.05). Conclusion: It is easier to overcome this period with specific comprehensive training and women are enabled to cope with symptoms more effectively.