NORTH WALES, Pa. When most people hear the word "menopause," they think of hot flashes, night sweats and mood swings; but a recent survey found menopause symptoms can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on every aspect of women's lives.
The Menopause Impact Survey sponsored by Duramed Pharmaceuticals and conducted by Yankelovich, surveyed 2,500 women in the United States ranging in age from 45 to 70 that experience menopausal symptoms. Results showed that over half of the women reported their menopause symptoms adversely affected their personal health and well-being (67%); sex life (58%) and relationship with their significant other (52%).
"While women theoretically understand that they will experience menopause, many underestimate the symptoms they may experience and how they will be impacted physically and emotionally," said David Portman, MD, director and principal investigator of the Columbus Center for Women's Health Research.
Menopause symptoms can even go so far as affecting a woman's confidence and self-esteem. In particular, 87% of women experience anxiety, depression and mood swings, which then affects their relationships, family life and career.