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Table 1 Characteristics of participants from initial 5 menopause workshop

From: Menopause experience in First Nations women and initiatives for menopause symptom awareness; a community-based participatory research approach

  Participants
N=34
Participant characteristics
Age at time of workshop, [years (mean±SD)] 53.4 ± 8.9
Native heritage [N (%)]
 Both parents Cree 19 [55.9]
 One parent Cree 13 [38.2]
 Both parents other native 1 [2.9]
 Not reported 1 [2.9]
Employment status [N (%)]
 Work full time 19 [55.9]
 Work part time 3 [8.8]
 Not in paid employment 9 [26.0]
 Not reported 3 [8.8]
Marital status [N (%)]
 Married 16 [47.1]
 Widowed 3 [8.8]
 Divorced 3 [8.8]
 Currently singlea 12 [35.3]
Participant lifestyle
Sleeping habit [N (%)]  
 > 5 h sleep/night 28 [82.4]
 ≤ 5 h sleep/night 6 [17.6]
Smoking [N (%)]
 Smokers [> 2 cigarettes/day] 15 [44.1]
 Non-smokers 17 [50.0]
 Not reported 2 [5.9]
Alcohol consumption [N (%)]
 ≤ 7 drinks/week 29 [85.3]
 > 7 drinks/week 2 [5.9]
 Not reported 3 [8.8]
Caffeine consumption [N (%)]
 ≤ 4 drinks/day 31 [91.2]
 > 4 drinks/day 3 [8.8]
Exercise [N (%)]
 ≤ 2 times/week 25 [73.5]
 > 2 times/week 9 [26.0]
Obstetrics and gynecology history
Menstrual periods [N (%)]
 Ceased for more than one year 23 [67.6]
 Still menstruating (irregular, change to blood flow) 6 [17.6]
 Still menstruating (regular) 5 [14.7]
Pregnancies [N (%)]  
 Yes (range 2–12) with or w/o live birth (1–10) 27 [79.4]
 No 5 [14.7]
 Not reported 3 [8.8]
Medical history
Self-reported conditionsb [N (%)]
 Cardiovascular disorder 13 [38.2]
 Arthritis 10 [29.4]
 Diabetes 8 [23.5]
 Sleep disorder 8 [23.5]
 Mood disorder 7 [20.6]
 Gastrointestinal disorder 3 [8.8]
 Cancer 1 [2.9]
 Asthma 1 [2.9]
 None of the above or any other chronic illnesses 8 [23.5]
 Surgery (any type) 24 [70.6]
Menopause therapies and symptom management
Self-reported current therapies and managementb [N (%)]
 Do not currently use anything in particular to manage symptoms 12 [35.2]
Current therapies and managementb
 Lifestyle activities for menopause therapy 6 [17.6]
 Cultural therapies (Sweats and Native Medicine) 4 [11.8]
 Herbs or vitamin supplements 4 [11.8]
 Seek advice from friends or relatives 4 [11.8]
 Anti-depressants 3 [8.8]
 Seek advice from health care workers 1 [2.9]
 Menopausal Hormonal Therapy (MHT) 1 [2.9] (vaginal)
 Over-the-counter remedies 1 [2.9]
 Relaxation therapy 1 [2.9]
Considered management if symptoms become severe and bothersomeb [N (%)]
 Seek advice from health care workers 7 [20.6]
 Seek advice from friends or relatives 6 [17.6]
 Intend to practice cultural forms of relief 2 [5.9]
 Consider hormonal therapy 1 [2.4]
 Would consider over-the-counter 1 [2.4]
 Not sure yet 9 [26.5]
 Nothing in particular 4 [14.7]
  1. aMight include previous long relationship
  2. bMultiple answers possible