Women develop typical
complaints while aging
Women, as do men, experience an
age-related decline of physical and mental capacity. They observe
symptoms such as periodic sweating or hot flushes, depression,
insomnia, impaired memory, lack of concentration, nervousness,
and bone & joint complaints.
Sensations of sweating occurring suddenly and unexpectedly, especially
at night, but also during the day, is the key symptom for women
in their menopausal transition, but they seem to be similarly
common also in men ( Figure ).
It is our hypothesis that episodes of sweating might be an important
symptom of changes in the course of aging presumably for females
but also for males. However, the number of sweating attacks per
week is higher and more severe in women.
The Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) was developed in response to
the lack of standardized scales to measure the severity of aging-symptoms
and their impact on the health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL)
in the 1990s . A scale was intended that can easily be completed
by women, not by their physician [
1 ]. Actually, the first version of the MRS was to
be filled out by the treating physician, but this was changed
due to methodological considerations and the final scale as self-administrable
questionnaire standardized [
[ 1 ]. Hauser GA, Huber IC, Keller PJ, Lauritzen C, Schneider
HPG: Evaluation der klinischen Beschwerden (Menopause Rating Scale).
Zentralbl Gynakol 1994; 116:16-23.
[ 2 ]. Potthoff P, Heinemann LAJ, Schneider HPG, Rosemeier HP,
Hauser GA. Menopause-Rating Skala (MRS): Methodische Standardisierung
in der deutschen Bevölkerung. Zentralbl Gynakol 2000; 122:280-286.