2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 3, PART B
Knowledge, practice and life style management of postmenopausal women: A study in Odisha
Author(s): Dr. Chandrashree Lenka
The objectives of the present research was to study the life style, knowledge and practice of the adult women in managing their post menopausal health problems. One hundred and twenty respondents were selected by random purposive sampling method from urban areas of Bhubaneswar City, Odisha. Information on demographic profile, health problems, life style, knowledge on management of health problems and their practice in real life was collected by questionnaire cum interview method. The results of the study revealed that majority (78%) of the respondents had natural menopause and belonged to the age group of 45-55 years. Common health problems such as hot flash, sweating, loss of memory, mood swing, back ache, alopecia was found among majority of the respondents and 80% of them had perception that it is a natural process. Even though educated only 51.6% respondents were aware about its management and out of them only 35.8% did their regular health check up. Very few respondents were concerned about their eating habits. They ate different types of foods according to availability. Doing household activities (minimum 4 hrs/day) and brisk walking was done by majority of the respondents to stay active. Information on knowledge and practice of the respondents in managing health problems during post menopause was found to be not satisfactory which may be due to low level of education, low income and attitude of women towards their own health. Hence emphasis should be given on creating awareness among women regarding health affects of menopause & their management by counseling and imparting health education along with medical intervention to the women as well as the family members to prevent future health complications at old age.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Chandrashree Lenka. Knowledge, practice and life style management of postmenopausal women: A study in Odisha. International Journal of Home Science. 2016; 2(3): 80-84.