The ending of menstruation: perspectives and experiences of lesbian and heterosexual women at menopause

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Title: The ending of menstruation: perspectives and experiences of lesbian and heterosexual women at menopause
Authors: Hyde, Abbey
Nee, Jean
Howlett, Etaoine
Butler, Michelle
Drennan, Jonathan
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4176
Date: 29-Apr-2011
Online since: 2013-03-14T16:22:53Z
Abstract: This article aims to theorize how a sample of menopausal women, lesbian and heterosexual, construct the ending of their periods, and what the experience means for them. Findings indicate that for most of the lesbian participants (who were in a sizeable minority), emotions of loss at the ending of periods were simultaneously expressed alongside positive feelings, and they engaged in greater introspection around the issue than did heterosexual women. However, lesbians did not all take up a singular subject position in relation to menstruation, indicating that there is fragmentation and plurality in how the body is experienced across a group.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Journal: Journal of Women and Aging
Volume: 23
Issue: 2
Start page: 160
End page: 176
Copyright (published version): Taylor & Francis Group
Keywords: IrelandLesbianMenopauseMenstruationQualitative methods
DOI: 10.1080/08952841.2011.561145
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems Research Collection

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