Evaluation of gustatory function in postmenopausal women

DELİLBAŞI B. Ç., Cehiz T., Akal U., Yilmaz T.

British Dental Journal, vol.194, no.8, pp.447-449, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 194 Issue: 8
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1038/sj.bdj.4810030
  • Journal Name: British Dental Journal
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.447-449
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The aim of this study is to evaluate the gustatory function in postmenopausal women. Subjects and methods: Whole mouth taste test and spatial taste test were administered to 20 postmenopausal women (Group 1) and 20 age-matched male subjects (Group 2). Further investigations were carried out for subjective assessment of taste alteration and nutritional differences between premenopausal and postmenopausal periods. Results: There was a significant reduction in sucrose perception and in palatal sensitivity in postmenopausal women (p<0.05). Only 7 (35%) of the female patients noticed alteration in taste perception during the postmenopausal period. Alteration in dietary habits after menopause was reported by 9 (45%) patients. Conclusion: This study demonstrates that taste perception of the tongue does not change, but that there is a disorder in palatal perception in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, there is tendency to preference of sweeter foods during menopause.