“There is research to suggest that women from different cultures can experience menopausal symptoms differently from one another. For example, hot flushes…”.1

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Depending on the Source (DotS) this Umbrella may include:

  • Culture
  • Way of Life

Menopause Symptoms

Is there an association between menopause symptoms and culture?

In Symptoms of Menopause: Menopausal Symptoms & Culture the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health (JH) explain:

Menopause and Culture
“There is research to suggest that women from different cultures can experience menopausal symptoms differently from one another. For example, hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness and aches and pains are the most common symptoms reported by women from Western cultures, whereas studies show that women from Asian cultures report fewer hot flushes, but more aches and pains, insomnia and mood changes”.2

The JH also note:

“It is unclear if these differences are physiological differences in symptoms, or the result of women not feeling comfortable or confident to talk about menopausal symptoms because of cultural taboos. However, there clearly are vast differences in how women from different cultures view menopause. For example, African and Aboriginal women might view menopause more positively as the end of their reproductive life, but the beginning of their role as cultural leaders while, in contrast, women from some Western cultures might view menopause more negatively, as the end of their reproductive years as well as their sexual desirability, leaving them with a sense of grief and loss”.3

Hot Flushes

Is there an association between hot flushes and culture?Menopause and Culture

In Hot Flashes: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors the (United States) Mayo Clinic note:

  • “Race: More black women report having hot flashes during menopause than do women of other races. Hot flashes are reported least frequently in Asian women”.4

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  1. Symptoms of Menopause: Menopausal Symptoms & Culture. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms/ Accessed: 09 May 2020
  2. Symptoms of Menopause: Menopausal Symptoms & Culture. Last Updated: 04 February 2019 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms/ Accessed: 09 May 2020
  3. Symptoms of Menopause: Menopausal Symptoms & Culture. Last Updated: 14 January 2020 | Last Reviewed: 17 December 2017. Jean Hailes for Women’s Health https://jeanhailes.org.au/health-a-z/menopause/menopause-symptoms/ Accessed: 09 May 2020
  4. Hot Flashes: Symptoms & Causes – Risk Factors. 24 April 2020. Mayo Clinic https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/symptoms-causes/syc-20352790 Accessed: 09 May 2020
Topic Last Updated: 09 May 2020 – Topic Last Reviewed: 09 May 2020
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