Associations of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and posttraumatic stress disorder with menopause symptoms among midlife and older women
JAMA Jan 12, 2019
Gibson CJ, et al. - Via conducting this cross-sectional analysis of data from a multiethnic cohort of 2,016 women aged 40-80 years in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California healthcare system, researchers determined the prevalence of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and posttraumatic stress among midlife and older women. In addition, they assessed the association of these exposures with women’s experience of menopause. According to findings, lifetime history of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder were common and associated with menopause symptoms. Sleep-related, vasomotor, and vaginal symptoms were observed in relation to emotional intimate partner violence and posttraumatic stress; night sweats were reported in relation to physical intimate partner violence; and vaginal symptoms were noted in relation to sexual assault.
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