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Relationship of reproductive cycle-associated and non-reproductive cycle-associated psychological problems in women.
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PMID:  16596907     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of past psychological problems associated with the reproductive cycle in women seeking routine gynecological care. METHODS: Three hundred and sixty-eight women of menopausal age seen at a university medical center gynecology clinic were mailed a questionnaire requesting information about past mood or anxiety problems associated with specific reproductive cycle or hormone use times, such as the premenstruum, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause, following total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, and during oral contraceptive or hormone replacement treatment. Chi-square analysis was done between groups categorized as with and without reproductively associated psychological problems (RAPP) and with or without non-reproductively related psychological problems (non-RAPP). Relative risk of women with RAPP having non-RAPP also was calculated. Results-One hundred thirteen women returned the questionnaire. Fifty percent of these women reported a past history of reproductive cycle-associated psychological problems (RAPP). Of these, 37% also reported psychological problems at times in their lives not associated with particular reproductive cycle (non-RAPP) times. However, of the 50% of women who reported no history of RAPP, only 14% reported non-RAPP. This was a significant difference between the groups (p = .0064). There was also a 2.7 times greater risk of women with RAPP also having non-RAPP (RR 2.7). CONCLUSIONS: Women with reproductively associated psychological problems have a greater risk of also having psychological problems at non-reproductively associated times.
Shambhavi Chandraiah; Holly Richter; Robert Holley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of fertility and women's medicine     Volume:  51     ISSN:  1534-892X     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Fertil Womens Med     Publication Date:    2006 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-06     Completed Date:  2006-05-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9706778     Medline TA:  Int J Fertil Womens Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi 39216-4505, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety / epidemiology*
Genital Diseases, Female / epidemiology*,  psychology
Menopause / psychology*
Middle Aged
Reproductive History*
Stress, Psychological / epidemiology*
United States / epidemiology
Women's Health*

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