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Menopause, viewed as part of aging, intricately relates the biological, cultural, and social aspects of a woman's life. Women in the cultures described all experience irregular periods and cessation of menses in midlife. However, women relate to the psychological and social aspects of menopause in less universal ways.

Symptomatic relief through medical interventions remains an important aspect of treatment. However, the focus on biomedical concerns does not outweigh the social and psychological expression of internalized cultural attitudes toward aging. The culture is a source of both language and images about aging from which individuals learn to describe their experience. Their concerns extend to the interpersonal realm of relationships between husbands and wives and mothers and daughters, as well as their status in the culture and social system. One aspect is clear: Despite the tangible marker of aging and the impact on identity, many women welcome the end of reproduction as a relief to their bodies and an opportunity for new experiences.


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Marriage and Family EncyclopediaOther Marriage & Family TopicsMenopause - Cultural And Social Meanings, Menopausal Symptoms, Preparation For Menopause, Medical Treatment, Conclusion