2005 Volume 10 Issue 1 Pages 25-33
The aim of this study was to determine the life-style factors which were related to dysphoric symptoms in the perimenopausal women. The questionnaires concerning life-style factors, reproductive events, and variety of dysphoric symptoms were obtained from women aged 45-55. By multiple regression analysis using 491 samples, reproductive events including premenstrual syndrome and maternity blues, presence of confidant (confidante), severity of housework, and stress in actual life were found to correlate with severity of perimenopausal symptoms. Present status of menstruation was not related to severity of perimenopausal symptoms. Conclusions: 1) Reproductive events including premenstrual syndrome and maternity blues may be related to perimenopausal symptoms in the women. 2) Psychosomatic and physical stress in actual life, rather than present status of menstruation, is suggested to contribute to occurrence of perimenopausal symptoms in the women.