Cultural significance and physiological manifestations of menopause. A biocultural analysis

Cult Med Psychiatry. 1986 Mar;10(1):47-71. doi: 10.1007/BF00053262.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Climacteric*
  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Cultural Characteristics*
  • Culture*
  • Female
  • Gender Identity
  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Menopause*
  • Mexico
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy