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Severity of climacteric symptoms among Peruvian women from an urban coastal community and a rural Andean community

Renato Beas, Celeste Díaz-Pardavé, Jose Arriola-Montenegro, Lorenzo D’Angelo, Adrian Riva, Piero Larco-Castilla.

Rural Remote Health. 2021 May;21(2):6457.doi: 10.22605/RRH6457. Epub 2021 May 4.

Introduction: The aim of this study was to evaluate the severity of climacteric symptoms among two Peruvian communities, adjusted for sociodemographic and clinical variables in climacteric women. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 90 subjects from two different communities (an urban coastal and a rural Andean district from Peru). The Menopause Rating Scale was used to assess climacteric symptoms. Prevalence ratios with 95% confidence interval (PR 95%CI) were estimated using generalized linear Poisson models with family robust standard errors. Results: A higher probability of severe climacteric symptoms was found in women who were from the Andean community than those who were from the coastal one (PR 2.42, 95%CI 1.47-3.99; p=0.001), which remained in the adjusted model (RP 1.72, 95%CI 1.04-2.86; p=0.035).

Conclusion: Understanding the variation of climacteric symptoms among geographically distinct communities could contribute to improving women’s quality of life.