International Journal of Medicine and Public Health,2012,2,4,12-19.
Objective: The aim was to assess QOL and its determining factors among postmenopausal women of a rural area of West- Bengal in India. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted among 315 postmenopausal women and the data were collected using the modified menopause quality of life questionnaire of Hilditch. (Hilditch MENQOL). Results: Out of the 315 women who have been interviewed 243 (77%) had poor quality of life. Multivariate analysis revealed that poor QOL was more among those who did not live with their own children [AOR (95% C.I.) 4.26 (2.1–8.6)], did not undertake regular exercise, [AOR (95% C.I.) 2.88 (1.38–6.03)], were literate [AOR (95% C.I.) 2.5 (1.13–4.8)], were monetarily dependent on their children [AOR (95% C.I.) 2.5 (1.32–4.88)], not living under one roof with children [AOR (95% C.I.) 4.26 (2.1–8.6)] and had attained menopause >5 years. [AOR (95% C.I.) 4.82 (2.47–9.41)]. Conclusion: Different stakeholders are required to mobilize the post-menopausal women through IEC activities to cope up with the stress of the post-menopausal phase and acquire a better quality of life beyond their reproductive age.