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The Effect of Physical Activity and Depressive Mood on Menopausal Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women
  • Selin Yılmaz,
  • Ismail Arslan,
  • Duygu Yengil Taci
Selin Yılmaz
Ankara Training and Research Hospital
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Ismail Arslan
Ankara Training and Research Hospital
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Duygu Yengil Taci
Ankara Training and Research Hospital
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Abstract

Aims: The symptoms of menopause in postmenopausal women adversely affect the quality of life. Menopausal symptoms are more severe with comorbid disorders such as depression; it may be lighter in physically active people. The present study aimed to evaluate the relationship between menopausal symptoms and physical activity and depressive mood. Material and Method: 190 women under 65 years of age who were at least one year passed since their last menstrual period participated in the study. Sociodemographic data form, Menopause Symptom Rating Scale, International Physical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form and Beck’s Depression Inventory were applied to the participants. Results: It was seen that 51.6% (98 subjects) of the women who participated in the study had severe menopausal symptoms. 52.6% (100 subjects) of the participants were physically inactive, and their menopausal symptoms increased as the physical activity scale score decreased (p=0.001). Menopausal symptoms increased as the Beck’s Depression Inventory score increased (p<0.001). It was observed that depression inventory scores decreased as the level of physical activity increased (p<0.001). Conclusion: Adoption of regular physical activity habits by postmenopausal women and providing treatment to those with depression will contribute to alleviating the severity of menopausal symptoms.

Peer review status:Published

02 Nov 2020Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
04 Nov 2020Submission Checks Completed
04 Nov 2020Assigned to Editor
16 Nov 2020Reviewer(s) Assigned
21 Dec 2020Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
01 Mar 20211st Revision Received
02 Mar 2021Submission Checks Completed
02 Mar 2021Assigned to Editor
05 Mar 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned
15 Mar 2021Review(s) Completed, Editorial Evaluation Pending
16 Apr 2021Editorial Decision: Accept
22 Apr 2021Published in International Journal of Clinical Practice. 10.1111/ijcp.14247