Menopause in Morocco: symptomatology and medical management

Maturitas. 2002 Feb 26;41(2):87-95. doi: 10.1016/s0378-5122(01)00289-4.


Objectives: To assess the frequency of menopausal symptoms and patterns of recourse to medical care in Rabat, Morocco.

Methods: Face to face interviews with a representative sample of 300 women aged 45-55 years; information was collected on socio-demographic variables, reproductive history, use of health care, symptom checklist, and medical management of menopause.

Results: The most frequent complaints are fatigue and hot flashes, each reported by 61% of women, headaches (57%), joint pain (54%), anxiety (44%) and irritability (42%). Hot flashes, but not cardiovascular symptoms, are statistically associated with menopausal status. Only 5% of women in the sample take hormones, and 4% calcium; 13% continue to take contraceptives. The frequency of some symptoms and the use of health care for menopause are influenced by socio-economic factors.

Conclusions: Reports of hot flashes and joint pains are relatively high, but the frequency of use of medical services for menopause is low.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hot Flashes / epidemiology*
  • Hot Flashes / pathology
  • Hot Flashes / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Menopause
  • Middle Aged
  • Morocco / epidemiology
  • Patient Acceptance of Health Care / statistics & numerical data*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Women's Health Services / statistics & numerical data*