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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158855
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Lived Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause
Abstract:
The Lived Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2010
Author:Dempsey, Leona, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Title:College of Nursing
Contact Address:800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA
Contact Telephone:920-233-1658
Co-Authors:S. Marnocha, L. Dempsey, M. Bergstroom, , University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI;
There is a paucity of research that gives voice to women regarding their lived experience of perimenopause and menopause. The research question that addressed this need to give voice to women was: What has your experience been with perimenopause and/or menopause? A snowball method was utilized to recruit thirteen women from a Midwest city in the United States. Descriptive phenomenology (Spiegelberg) was used to explore the perimenopausal or menopausal experiences of women. IRB approval was obtained and data were collected through semi-structured audiotaped interviews and participant drawings. All audiotaped interviews which included comments about drawings were transcribed verbatim. Three major themes emerged as the participants described and drew representations of their menopausal journey. The themes were Changes in my Body, Sharing with Other: Not my mother, and Going on with Life. Participants described their highly personal experiences with varied physical, emotional and mental concerns and sought information regarding normalcy and relief from many sources. They did not receive the needed answers but reported receiving prescriptions for traditional hormones from their physicians. When participants drew their menopausal journey, they talked about their drawings with the researchers and used words like joyous and freedom to describe being free from uncertainty and having predictable bodies and stable moods. This finding is supported in the literature with indications that some women have better health, more time, confidence and energy than when they were younger. Nurses are in a unique position to proactively teach women about normal changes occurring in perimenopause and menopause. Women from different cultures need to have their voices heard and respected regarding a life experience that has so many changes and possibilities that affect themselves and others.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Lived Experience of Perimenopause and Menopauseen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158855-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Lived Experience of Perimenopause and Menopause</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2010</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Dempsey, Leona, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin Oshkosh</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">800 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh, WI, 54901, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">920-233-1658</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dempsey@uwosh.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">S. Marnocha, L. Dempsey, M. Bergstroom, , University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oshkosh, WI;</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">There is a paucity of research that gives voice to women regarding their lived experience of perimenopause and menopause. The research question that addressed this need to give voice to women was: What has your experience been with perimenopause and/or menopause? A snowball method was utilized to recruit thirteen women from a Midwest city in the United States. Descriptive phenomenology (Spiegelberg) was used to explore the perimenopausal or menopausal experiences of women. IRB approval was obtained and data were collected through semi-structured audiotaped interviews and participant drawings. All audiotaped interviews which included comments about drawings were transcribed verbatim. Three major themes emerged as the participants described and drew representations of their menopausal journey. The themes were Changes in my Body, Sharing with Other: Not my mother, and Going on with Life. Participants described their highly personal experiences with varied physical, emotional and mental concerns and sought information regarding normalcy and relief from many sources. They did not receive the needed answers but reported receiving prescriptions for traditional hormones from their physicians. When participants drew their menopausal journey, they talked about their drawings with the researchers and used words like joyous and freedom to describe being free from uncertainty and having predictable bodies and stable moods. This finding is supported in the literature with indications that some women have better health, more time, confidence and energy than when they were younger. Nurses are in a unique position to proactively teach women about normal changes occurring in perimenopause and menopause. Women from different cultures need to have their voices heard and respected regarding a life experience that has so many changes and possibilities that affect themselves and others.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:27:45Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:27:45Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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