Responding population

In 1989, when study members were 43, baseline data was collected on menopause, hysterectomy and HRT.  Postal questionnaires were sent out at ages 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, and 54 years, and a total of 1,572 women gave information on at least one of these occasions. Non-responders to the postal questionnaire who were interviewed at the home visit in 1999 completed a short questionnaire about menopause and hysterectomy that matched questions asked on the postal questionnaires. A further follow-up study took place at 57 years (N=1,387). In addition, information was collected on confinements (labour) of women study members.

In all, 1,735 women provided information on menopause and hysterectomy at one of these occasions. At 59 years those who had reported having a hysterectomy (N=374) were sent a questionnaire.
The response rate in the main study varied from 84 to 90% in any one year.

Data collection

Postal questionnaires were used in each of the contacts with women study members. Reports of mammographic examination were checked with hospitals and copies of mammograms obtained. The study of confinements used a postal questionnaire to hospitals.

Topic Overview

General health x x x x x x x x    
Midlife changes x x x x x x x x    
Midlife health symptoms x x x x x x x x    
Life events   x x x x x x x    
Hysterectomy/oophorectomy x x x x x x x x x x
Menopause x x x x x x x x x  
HRT x x x x x x x x x  
Urinary incontinence   x x x x x x x    
Breastfeeding x                  
Lifetime gynecological problems         x          
Postnatal depression         x          
Work experience           x        
Ryff psychological wellbeing scale          x        
Body image               x    
Retirement plans             x    
Health care for common symptoms               x    
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