Genitourinary syndrome of menopause in five Asian countries: results from the Pan-Asian REVIVE survey

Y. Chua, K. K. Limpaphayom, B. Cheng, C. M. Ho, Kanadi Sumapradja, C. Altomare, K. Huang

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Abstract

Objectives: The Pan-Asian REVIVE survey aimed to examine women’s experiences with genitourinary syndrome of menopause (GSM) and their interactions with health-care professionals (HCPs). Methods: Self-completed surveys were administered face-to-face to 5992 women (aged 45–75 years) in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Results: Of 638 postmenopausal women with GSM symptoms, only 35% were aware of the GSM condition, most of whom first heard of GSM through their physician (32%). The most common symptoms were vaginal dryness (57%) and irritation (43%). GSM had the greatest impact on sexual enjoyment (65%) and intimacy (61%). Only 25% had discussed their GSM symptoms with a HCP, and such discussions were mostly patient-initiated (64%) rather than HCP-initiated (24%). Only 21% had been clinically diagnosed with GSM and only 24% had ever used treatment for their symptoms. Three-quarters of those who had used treatment for GSM had discussed their symptoms with a HCP compared to only 9% of those who were treatment-naïve. Conclusion: GSM is underdiagnosed and undertreated in Asia. As discussion of GSM with HCPs appears to be a factor influencing women’s awareness and treatment status, a more active role by HCPs to facilitate early discussions on GSM and its treatment options is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-373
Number of pages7
JournalClimacteric
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Asia
  • awareness
  • Genitourinary syndrome of menopause
  • postmenopausal
  • REVIVE Survey

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