Coping Strategies with Menopausal Symptom among Palestinian Women

Document Type : Original Article


1 Clinical Instructor at Arab American University Nursing College Palestine

2 Professor of Maternity and Gynecological health Nursing Faculty of Nursing-Ain Shams University

3 Assisstant professor of Maternity and Gynecological health Nursing Faculty of Nursing-Ain Shams University


The aim of the study was to assess the coping strategies with menopausal symptom among
Palestinian women. Design: A descriptive study design used to achieve the aim of the study.
Setting: This study will be conducted at the governmental secondary schools west Bank-Palestine,
Sample Type: Multi-stage random sampling design was choose the study schools and
purposive sample to select the studied women. Tools: First tool: Self-structured interviewing
questionnaire sheet, second tool: The menopause symptoms’ severity, third tool: The coping with
menopause symptoms questionnaire, Results: The age of studied women varied between 45 years
and more than 55 years, with mean age 52.833 ± 3.614 years. The age at menopause of two thirds of
studied women was between 45 and 50 years old. Concerning cause of menopause, most of the
studied women referred menopause to normal causes, nearly most of studied women had
information about menopause symptoms, related to severity of physical menopausal symptoms less
than one quarter of them highly suffered from lower back pain While, related to severity of
psychological menopausal symptoms more than one quarter of them highly suffered from wanting
to be alone. Conclusion: 21.3% of studied women usually occupy themself to forget menopause,
29.3% of then usually doing control the emotions, 22.7% of them usually Learned from the
mistakes as positive Coping strategy related to menopausal symptom on the another hand 25.3% of
studied women usually take too many painkiller, 29.3% of them usually stop chasing dreams, 29.3%
of them usually live as an elderly woman as negative menopause coping strategies.
Recommendations: In the light of the results of this study, the following recommendations were
suggested: develop of self-care module for menopausal women in different health setting to reduce
severity of menopausal symptom and improve the coping strategies.