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BACKGROUND Although sleep disturbances are common during female mid-life, few studies have described in detail the prevalence of this problem and related risk factors. OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence of sleep disturbances in mid-aged women using validated tools. Assessment of determinants capable of influencing the prevalence of insomnia and poor(More)
BACKGROUND Metabolic syndrome (METS) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular risk. Since the prevalence of METS increases after menopause, gynecological routine consultation offers an excellent screening opportunity. OBJECTIVES To assess the prevalence of METS in Latin American postmenopausal women and factors modifying its risk; as well as to assess the(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies indicate that quality of life (QoL) is impaired in middle aged women. Assessment of QoL using a single validated tool in Latin American climacteric women has not been reported to date at large scale. OBJECTIVE The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) was used to assess QoL among middle aged Latin American women and determine factors(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the age at menopause (AM) in Latin America urban areas. DESIGN A total of 17,150 healthy women, aged 40 to 59 years, accompanying patients to healthcare centers in 47 cities of 15 Latin American countries, were surveyed regarding their age, educational level, healthcare coverage, history of gynecological surgery, smoking habit,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine vasomotor symptom (VMS) prevalence, duration, and impact on quality of life in middle-aged women using a validated menopausal tool. METHODS The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) and an itemized questionnaire containing personal sociodemographic data were used to examine 8,373 women aged 40 to 59 years from 22(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of sexual dysfunction (SD) and associated risk factors among middle-aged Latin American women using one validated instrument. METHODS The Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) was applied to 7,243 healthy women aged 40 to 59 years who were users of 19 healthcare systems from 11 Latin American(More)
OBJECTIVE Few Latin American studies have described menopausal symptoms in detail by means of a standardized assessment tool. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence and severity of menopausal symptoms and their impact over quality of life among mid-aged Latin American women. METHOD In this cross-sectional study, 8373 otherwise healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate associations between anxiety and severe impairment of quality of life (QoL) in Latin American postmenopausal women. METHODS This was a secondary analysis of a multicenter cross-sectional study among postmenopausal women aged 40 to 59 from 11 Latin American countries. We evaluated anxiety (The Goldberg Depression and Anxiety Scale),(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to evaluate the association between sedentary lifestyle and the severity of menopausal symptoms and obesity in middle-aged women. METHODS The Menopause Rating Scale, the Goldberg Anxiety and Depression Scale, and the Athens Insomnia Scale were administered to 6,079 Latin American women aged 40 to 59 years. Sedentary(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between climate (including altitude, temperature, humidity and annual range of temperature) and experience of hot flushes and night sweats amongst Spanish-speaking mid-aged women living in five urban centers. METHODS A total of 896 peri- and postmenopausal women from centers in Chile (Santiago de Chile), Ecuador(More)