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A Life Course Approach to Women's Health$
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Diana Kuh and Rebecca Hardy

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780192632890

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632890.001.0001

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Menopause and gynaecological disorders: a life course perspective

Menopause and gynaecological disorders: a life course perspective

(p.64) Chapter 4 Menopause and gynaecological disorders: a life course perspective
A Life Course Approach to Women's Health

Rebecca Hardy

Diana Kuh

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the factors at each stage of life that affect timing of the menopause, common urogenital disorders and the decision to have a hysterectomy, and the level of symptomatology experienced during the menopause transition and the decision to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT). In particular, it considers whether developmental processes or early life experiences influence these outcomes in addition to genetic and adult social and biological factors.

Keywords:   older women, hormone replacement therapy, life stage, hysterectomy, risk factors

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