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doi: 10.34172/mj.2024.037
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Obstetrics and Gynecology

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The relationship of early postmenopausal symptoms, sexual function, and serum levels of dehydroepiandrosterone with anxiety score in postmenopausal women referring to health centers of tabriz

Hamed Valizadeh 1 ORCID logo, Bina Eftekharsadat 2 ORCID logo, Hanieh Salehi Pourmehr 3 ORCID logo, Mandana Mojtahedi 4 ORCID logo, Somayyeh Sarrafi 5 ORCID logo, Sina Emdadi 6, Azizeh Farshbaf Khalili 2* ORCID logo

1 Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Research Center, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
3 Research Center for Evidence-based Medicine, Iranian EBM Centre: A Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) Center of Excellence, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
4 Nutrition Faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
5 Midwifery Department, Bonab Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bonab, Iran
6 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Email: azizeh_farshbafkhalili@yahoo.com

Abstract

Background. Anxiety is independently associated with severe quality of life impairment and severe postmenopausal symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship of early postmenopausal symptoms, sexual function, and serum levels of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) with anxiety scores.

Methods. In this cross-sectional descriptive correlational study, 117 eligible postmenopausal women aged 50-60 years with mild to moderate anxiety were selected using convenience sampling method. The Beck Anxiety Inventory, Green's Menopause Symptoms Scale, and Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI) were completed. Data were analyzed using Pearson and Spearman tests and linear regression model.

Results. By adjusting the confounding variables, the total score of FSFI and its sub-domains had no statistically significant relationship with Beck Anxiety Inventory score (P>0.05). The total score of Greene Climacteric Scale (r=0.535; P<0.001) and sub-domains of anxiety (r=0.448; P<0.001), depression (r=0.344; P<0.001), and physical symptoms (r=0.509; P<0.001), as well as the serum level of DHEA (r=-0.754; P<0.001) had statistically significant relationship with Beck Anxiety Inventory score. The total score of Greene Climacteric Scale and its sub-domains, except for the sexual dimension, and DHEA level could predict anxiety score.

Conclusion. The score of menopausal symptoms and its subdomains, except for the sexual domain and DHEA level, could predict the anxiety score. The findings of this study show the importance of the relationship between early menopause symptoms and serum level of dihydroepiandrosterone with anxiety score in postmenopausal women.

Practical Implications. It is suggested to conduct a more comprehensive study considering a wider sample size and socio-cultural factors and barriers.


How to cite this article: Valizadeh H, Eftekharsadat B, Salehi-Pourmehr H, Mojtahedi M, Sarrafi S, Emdadi S, Farshbaf-Khalili A. The Relationship of Early Postmenopausal Symptoms, Sexual Function, and Serum Levels of Dehydroepiandrosterone with Anxiety Score in Postmenopausal Women Referring to Health Centers of Tabriz dels. Med J Tabriz Uni Med Sciences. 2024;46(3): doi: 10.34172/mj.2024.037. Persian.
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Submitted: 17 Jun 2023
Accepted: 21 Aug 2023
ePublished: 29 May 2024
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