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A review of studies of the psychological symptoms found at the menopause.

Authors
  • Dennerstein, L
  • Burrows, G D
Type
Published Article
Journal
Maturitas
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1978
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
55–64
Identifiers
PMID: 755954
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The scientific literature was reviewed in order to determine whether psychological symptoms were directly associated with the menopause. Aetiology theories of symptoms include biological, psychological, sociological and multifactorial. There is evidence that psychological symptoms do occur in increased frequency in relationship to declining ovarian function. The severity of these symptoms may be affected by sociological variables. Administration of oestrogens alone or in combination with progestogens appear to alleviate some of the symptoms. More detailed research is needed into the relationship between psychological symptoms and the menopause.

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