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Perceptions and feelings about physical changes in climacteric women

[Article in English, Portuguese]

Curta JC1Weissheimer AM2.

Rev Gaucha Enferm. 2020;41(spe):e20190198. doi: 10.1590/1983-1447.2020.20190198. Epub 2020 May 8.

 

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To know the perceptions and feelings about the physical changes of climacteric women in a city of Rio Grande do Sul.

METHODS:

Qualitative exploratory descriptive study developed with 16 women on public spaces of Porto Alegre/RS/Brazil, in September and October of 2018; data gathered through semi-structured interviews and submitted to thematic analysis.

RESULTS:

Four themes were found: «Knowledge (or not) on climacteric and menopause (and their differences)», «Changes perceived», «Changes felt», and «How to deal with climacteric and menopause».

CONCLUSIONS:

Women have little information on climacteric; it is the nurses’ responsibility to clarify about these phases, offer emotional support and indicate physical activities that may ease their signs and symptoms.