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Revista Colombiana de Obstetricia y Ginecología

Print version ISSN 0034-7434On-line version ISSN 2463-0225


MONTERROSA-CASTRO, Álvaro  and  MONTERROSA-BLANCO, Angélica. Prevalence of sleep disorders in menopausal women during the COVID-19 pandemic in Colombia. Rev Colomb Obstet Ginecol [online]. 2021, vol.72, n.2, pp.162-170.  Epub June 30, 2021. ISSN 0034-7434.


To make an approximation to the prevalence of sleep disorders in Colombian menopausal women during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Materials and Methods:

Cross-sectional study as part of the Quality of Life in Menopause and Colombian Ethnic Groups research project [CAVIMEC+COVID STUDY]. The population consisted of women born and residing in Colombia, 40 to 59 years of age, who signed an informed consent and agreed to participate by completing an online form, freely and anonymously, in the first five days of June 2020. Sleep disorders were identified using the third item on the Menopause Rating Scale. Sociodemographic characteristics, presence and severity of sleep disorders and menopause status were explored. Descriptive statistics are provided.


Overall, 984 women aged 47.0 [IQR: 42.0-53.5] years were included: 84.5% mestizo, 13.7% Afro-Colombian, 1.7% indigenous; 39.3% were postmenopausal; 70% lived in the Caribbean region of Colombia. Sleep disorders were reported by 637 women (64.7%), and 112 (11.3%) had severe sleep disorders. Among postmenopausal women, 65.1% reported sleep disorders with 10.1% reporting severe disorders, while 64.5% of premenopausal reported sleep disorders, and 12.2% severe disorders.


Sleep disorders could be a frequent problem among premenopausal as well as postmenopausal women in the pandemic time. This issue should be explored during gynecological visits in order to offer solutions. Population studies that confirm these observations are required.

Keywords : Circadian Rhythm Disorders; Sleep disorders; Pandemics; Menopause; Coronavirus; Middle aged individual.

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