Past History of Abuse Leads to Worse Menopause Symptoms
A new study of nearly 700 women from Project Viva finds that a history of psychosocial stressors from childhood through pregnancy is associated with worse menopause symptoms and poorer well-being almost two decades later. A history of physical abuse was reported by 37.3% of the participants, who also reported worse menopause symptoms and worse general health, as well as greater depressive symptoms. Another 7.7% reported a history of sexual abuse, which was also associated with worse symptoms during the menopause transition, as well as worse general health. A history of financial instability was associated with worse menopause symptoms, worse general health, and greater depressive symptoms.
The study underscores the importance of talking to midlife women about trauma and providing trauma-informed care to support them during the menopause life stage.
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