Health Care and Midlife Women

  • Catherine DeLorey
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


Health care for midlife women in the United States of the 20th century is a complex blend of myth and reality viewed against a backdrop of rapid social change. The myths that have evolved concern women’s roles, specifically older women’s roles, and also include menopause, an event that occurs most often at midlife. Until recently, little information has been available concerning the health or health care of midlife women. Most research on women’s health at midlife is clinically oriented and assumes that menopause is the most important aspect of women’s lives and health. Although this has changed somewhat in recent years, in part due to the impetus of women’s groups such as the Menopause Collective in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the National Women’s Health Network, much needs to be changed before we have research that validates women’s experiences as well as providing them with the information that they can use to make appropriate decisions for their own health.


Breast Cancer Endometrial Cancer Black Woman Estrogen Replacement Therapy Exogenous Estrogen 
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  • Catherine DeLorey
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  1. 1.Women’s Health Research InstituteBostonUSA

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