Menopause and gynaecological disorders: a life course perspective

Rebecca Hardy and Diana Kuh

in A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780192632890
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191723629 | DOI:

Series: Life Course Approach to Adult Health

Menopause and gynaecological disorders: a life course perspective

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This chapter reviews the factors at each stage of life that affect timing of the menopause, common urogenital disorders and the decision to have a hysterectomy, and the level of symptomatology experienced during the menopause transition and the decision to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In particular, it considers whether developmental processes or early life experiences influence these outcomes in addition to genetic and adult social and biological factors.

Keywords: older women; hormone replacement therapy; life stage; hysterectomy; risk factors

Chapter.  11634 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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