Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Menopausal women don't need 'fixing', psychotherapist argues

Date:
July 12, 2011
Source:
British Psychological Society (BPS)
Summary:
Menopause shouldn't be seen as a medical problem that needs fixing but as a life-affirming and normal process that women go through. This is one of the findings by psychotherapist Sue Brayne, who is presenting her insights into the lived, felt experiences of women going through menopause.

Menopause shouldn't be seen as a medical problem that needs fixing but as a life-affirming and normal process that women go through.

This is one of the findings by psychotherapist Sue Brayne, who is presenting her insights into the lived, felt experiences of women going through menopause in her presentation at the British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section annual conference at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor (July 13).

Sue said: "Little consideration is given to the psychological, emotional, and spiritual changes women go through in this stage of life and no matter how science attempts to 'cure' the menopause, evolution cannot be stopped. When a woman reaches her fifties, she will undergo immense changes. She has to face the death of fertility, the loss of her youth, and to accept that she is no longer able to attract the attention she once did."

Sue based her findings, also published in her book Sex, Meaning, and the Menopause (Continuum Books, 2011), on interviews with more than 60 women and men the range of experiences encountered by menopausal women and their male partners.

These included various sexual changes, how relationships are affected and how older women bring new meaning to their lives in a youth-obsessed and hyper-sexualised society.

Sue Brayne said: 'I wrote Sex, Meaning and the Menopause because I got fed up with most books and websites reducing the menopause to a series of medical symptoms. There was little information about the profound life change that happens to a woman during her 50s. I decided to do something about it by interviewing more than 60 women about their experiences. I also interviewed nine men about what it was like to be married to a menopausal woman."

"This research resulted in Sex, Meaning and the Menopause, which I hope will help and support men and women who are trying to make sense of it."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by British Psychological Society (BPS). Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

British Psychological Society (BPS). "Menopausal women don't need 'fixing', psychotherapist argues." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 12 July 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712210922.htm>.
British Psychological Society (BPS). (2011, July 12). Menopausal women don't need 'fixing', psychotherapist argues. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 2, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712210922.htm
British Psychological Society (BPS). "Menopausal women don't need 'fixing', psychotherapist argues." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110712210922.htm (accessed October 2, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Pregnancy Spacing Could Have Big Impact On Autism Risks

Pregnancy Spacing Could Have Big Impact On Autism Risks

Newsy (Oct. 1, 2014) A new study says children born less than one year and more than five years after a sibling can have an increased risk for autism. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Ebola Patient Told Hospital He Was from Liberia

Ebola Patient Told Hospital He Was from Liberia

AP (Oct. 1, 2014) The first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. initially went to a Dallas emergency room last week but was sent home, despite telling a nurse that he had been in disease-ravaged West Africa, the hospital acknowledged Wednesday. (Oct. 1) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Robotic Hair Restoration

Robotic Hair Restoration

Ivanhoe (Oct. 1, 2014) A new robotic procedure is changing the way we transplant hair. The ARTAS robot leaves no linear scarring and provides more natural results. Video provided by Ivanhoe
Powered by NewsLook.com
Insertable Cardiac Monitor

Insertable Cardiac Monitor

Ivanhoe (Oct. 1, 2014) A heart monitor the size of a paperclip that can save your life. The “Reveal Linq” allows a doctor to monitor patients with A-Fib on a continuous basis for up to 3 years! Video provided by Ivanhoe
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins