Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp 47–71

Cultural significance and physiological manifestations of menopause a biocultural analysis

  • Yewoubdar Beyene


The perception and experiences of menopause vary cross-culturally. However, the lack of physiological symptoms such as hot flashes, in some cultures, calls for more explanations beyond social and cultural factors alone. Like other developmental events, menopause is a biocultural experience. Therefore, research on menopause should consider biocultural factors such as environment, diet, fertility patterns and genetic differences that may be involved in the variations of menopausal experience.


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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yewoubdar Beyene
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  1. 1.Medical Anthropology ProgramUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoU.S.A.

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