An American study recently correlated the traumatic stress of domestic violence with the impact on the unpleasant symptoms of menopause.
Traditionally, the unpleasant symptoms of menopause are attributed to hormonal changes or harmful health behaviors such as smoking, a sedentary lifestyle or obesity …
stress related to psychological, physical and sexual violence also have an impact on biological sensitivity. This was proven by a team of researchers at the University of San Francisco in a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
A sample of 2,000 women, whose average age was 61, was analyzed. Of these, 21% experienced a psychological violence from their previous or current partner, 16% from domestic violence and 19% from sexual assault. In addition, 77% were postmenopausal, 81% had higher education, and 74% were overweight or obese.
After studying the results, the researchers found that women who were victims of psychological violence had 50% more chances of sweating at night and 60% more likely to have painful relationships..
On the other hand, women with post-traumatic stress disorder were three times more likely to have sleep problems and twice as likely to have vaginal irritation than people without trauma.
" stress related psychological violence and other traumatic exposures can influence the hormonal and physiological changes of menopause and aging, affecting biological sensitivity as well as subjective experience of these symptomssaid Carolyn Gibson, lead author of this study.
This study demonstrates that this psychological and physical abuse can be a trauma that affects a person for many years, even for life, and that it is important to consider these traumas to help reduce menopausal problems.