Journal of Professional Nursing

The Experience of Menopause 

Mary Duignan, R Comp N, Occupational Health Nurse 

Reference:  Duignan, M. (1989). The Experience of Menopause. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 4(2), 5-8.


This paper examines assumptions which surround women’s experience of menopause.  The ways in which myths and stereotypes about women are perpetuated in the health care system and affect women’s health are considered, and ways in which the dominant ideology may be challenged and overcome are suggested.  In particular this paper examines the way myths and stereotypes have contributed to women’s experience of menopause as an unpleasant event to be endured rather than as a normal aspect of aging marking the beginning of a new phase of their lives.

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