Menstruation during a lifespan: A qualitative study of women's experiences
2014 (English)In: Health Care for Women International, ISSN 0739-9332, E-ISSN 1096-4665, Vol. 35, no 6, 600-616 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Menstruation is a natural phenomenon for women during their reproductive years. Our aim was to describe womens experiences of menstruation across the lifespan. Qualitative interviews with a narrative approach were conducted with 12 women between 18 and 48 years of age in Sweden. Using thematic analysis, we found menstruation to be a complex phenomenon that binds women together. It is perceived as an intimate and private matter, which makes women want to conceal the occurrence of menstrual bleeding. Over time, menstruation becomes a natural part of womens lives and gender identity. Health professionals play a central role supporting women to deal with menstruation.
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Routledge, 2014. Vol. 35, no 6, 600-616 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-109161DOI: 10.1080/07399332.2013.868465ISI: 000337633200002PubMedID: 24313552OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-109161DiVA: diva2:737483