Women develop typical complaints while aging
Age-related declines in physical and mental capacity are common. Many women experience symptoms such as periodic sweating or hot flushes, depression, insomnia, impaired memory, lack of concentration, nervousness, and bone & joint complaints.
Spontaneous and unexpected sweating, particularly at night, is a key symptom for women in their menopausal transition. Men also commonly complain about sweats and we believe that episodes of sweating may be an important symptom of changes in the course of aging.
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 designed to be easily completed by women, not by their physicians 1.
- To measure health-related quality of life (QoL) or severity of complaints in aging women
- To measure changes over time and across different cultures (MRS scale available in 25 languages)
- To measure changes before/ after treatment of with hormone replacement therapy
- To measure in a standardized way
1. Hauser GA, Huber IC, Keller PJ, Lauritzen C, Schneider HPG: Evaluation der klinischen Beschwerden (Menopause Rating Scale). Zentralbl Gynakol 1994; 116:16-23.