Women’s conception of the menopausal transition – a qualitative study
2007 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, Vol. 16, no 3, 509-517 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim: To explore, with a qualitative approach, whether the conception of menopause varies between women seeking medical advice due to climacteric symptoms and, if so, to describe these different conceptions.
Background: For many women, the menopausal transition is a troublesome period of life, often associated with decreased well-being and a number of symptoms. Besides the hormonal changes, many other factors such as psychological, sociological and lifestyle factors affect how women perceive their menopause.
Method: Semi-structured interviews were held with 20 women after their first-time visits at outpatient clinics of gynaecology for discussion of climacteric symptoms. The interviews were audio-taped, transcribed and analysed using a phenomenographic approach.
Results: A wide variation of conceptions was revealed. Two main categories were identified including different physical changes with varying symptoms and both positive and negative psychological changes. The menopausal transition was also described as a natural process and as a developmental phase of life.
Conclusion and relevance to clinical practice: Women’s conceptions of the menopausal transition were individual and contained both physical and psychological symptoms but also expressed a more holistic view of the menopausal transition. The transition was described as a natural process affected by endocrine and life-style factors as well as by the psychosocial situation and by aging per se. It is important that health care providers are aware of women’s conceptions about the menopausal transition to be able to communicate optimally, support and empower middle-aged women in different health care situations and thereby optimise the result of care.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för klinisk och experimentell medicin , 2007. Vol. 16, no 3, 509-517 p.
Phenomenography, conceptions, menopausal transition, qualitative study, nurses, nursing.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-11699DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01547.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-11699DiVA: diva2:18122
The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com: Lotta Lindh-Åstrand, Mikael Hoffmann, Mats Hammar and Karin I Kjellgren, Women’s conception of the menopausal transition – a qualitative study, 2007, Journal of Clinical Nursing, (16), 3, 509-517. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2005.01547.x. Copyright: Blackwell Publishing www.blackwell-synergy.com2008-04-292008-04-292009-10-12Bibliographically approved