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Keywords

feminist methods, menopause, qualitative description, women with disabilities

 

Authors

  1. Harrison, Tracie PhD, RN
  2. Becker, Heather PhD

Abstract

Few studies have examined the way women with disabilities understand and make decisions regarding menopause. This report is a qualitative descriptive study detailing how women with varying mobility impairments view the menopausal transition. Nineteen women aged 42 to 64 years were interviewed regarding their menopausal experiences. Results described their experiences as minority groups of women with disabilities using a women's ways of knowing framework. Overall, most women described menopause as a back burner issue, but maintained the need for accurate information from which to make informed decisions that might impact future health and functional outcomes.