The impact of physical activity interventions on quality of life for women experiencing menopause transition symptoms: review of reviews
What are we trying to do?
Undertake a review of reviews that will address the following question and produce a comprehensive synthesis of the available evidence: how effective are physical activity interventions in improving quality of life for women experiencing the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause transition (broadly categorised as follows; vasomotor (hot flushes and night sweats) physical (musculoskeletal pain, headaches, palpitations, sleep problems, reduced muscle mass) urogenital symptoms (vaginal dryness) sexual difficulties (low sexual desire) and psychological (low mood / anxiety, concentration problems)).
Why is this important?
The menopause is a naturally occurring process for women that typically takes place between the ages of 45 and 55 years (although some women may experience earlier menopause transition or surgically induced transition). A large proportion of women (around 80%) will experience a range of symptoms; including hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disruption, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, depression and anxiety, mood swings, irritability, and loss of confidence. Symptoms can last on average for four years, and for some women, up to 12 years, and can have a debilitating effect for some women. Women experiencing problematic menopausal symptoms tend to report lower levels of health-related quality of life and greater use of healthcare services than women without symptoms. Traditional medical treatment such as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) might not be suitable for some women going through the menopause, but starting them on an exercise plan may be of benefit to their immediate symptoms, and longer term health and well-being.
How are we doing it?
For the full details of the review protocol, please visit https://www.crd.york.ac.uk/prospero/display_record.php?RecordID=298908