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What is Quality of Life?

What do we all expect from life? Happiness, security, good health, money, success, recreation… Ah! The list may go on and on! A desire shared by all is a good “Quality of Life”.
Dr. Ameya Kanakiya
October 19, 2023

Everyone strives for a fulfilling life. We desire happiness, security, good health, financial stability, success, and recreation opportunities. Ultimately, we all seek a good "Quality of Life" (QoL).

What is Quality of Life?

The term "Quality of Life" can be defined as the degree to which an individual is healthy, comfortable, and able to participate in and enjoy life experiences (Encyclopedia Britannica). While seemingly straightforward, QoL is a complex concept.

Factors Influencing Quality of Life

Quality of Life is a subjective and multifaceted concept. It depends on various factors, including:

  • Independence: The ability to manage daily activities without assistance.
  • Social Interaction: Strong social connections and a sense of belonging.
  • Individual Priorities: What matters most varies from person to person.

However, good physical and mental health remains essential for a good QoL.

Quality of Life and Menopause

Up to 95-96% of women experience some level of discomfort during menopause. This life stage involves several simultaneous events:

  • Unpleasant physical symptoms
  • Ageing and lifestyle-related health concerns
  • Social transitions such as retirement and empty nest syndrome

Increased life expectancy has led to women spending more time in menopause, coinciding with a rise in "senescence" (gradual biological aging and the slowing down cell growth).

Impact of Menopause on Quality of Life

Studies indicate that QoL is most significantly affected during the perimenopausal and early menopausal stages when symptoms are typically more severe.

Measuring Quality of Life

While there's no single, universally accepted method for measuring QoL, several subjective scales exist. However, a broad perspective suggests that QoL for most people encompasses four key areas:

  • Occupational Wellbeing: Job satisfaction and fulfillment
  • Physical Health: Overall physical wellbeing
  • Sexual Wellbeing: A healthy and satisfying sexual life
  • Emotional Health: Positive mental wellbeing and emotional stability

Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQoL)

The "Health-Related Quality of Life" (HRQoL) concept is also relevant. While not the sole measure of overall life satisfaction, HRQoL considers a woman's physical and mental health alongside her risk of developing chronic diseases often associated with or occurring around menopause. These chronic conditions may include:

  • Weaker bones (osteopenia and osteoporosis)
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes

Maintaining a Good Quality of Life During Menopause

Both physical and emotional support can significantly improve a woman's QoL during menopause. Humans are social creatures, and connecting with other women experiencing similar challenges can be comforting and reassuring. Sharing experiences empowers women to understand they are not alone and that solutions exist to manage their symptoms.


Openly discussing your concerns and seeking emotional support ensures you receive the right help at the right time. The type of assistance you need depends on your specific challenges and their severity. Importantly, every woman deserves a good Quality of Life. No symptom, regardless of perceived severity, should be dismissed. Feel free to talk to someone you trust or seek professional guidance. Our team of experts is here to support you.