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Health Care Women Int. 2014;35(6):600-16. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2013.868465. Epub 2014 Jan 30.

Menstruation during a lifespan: A qualitative study of women's experiences.

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a Division of Nursing Science, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences , Linköping University , Linköping , Sweden.

Abstract

Menstruation is a natural phenomenon for women during their reproductive years. Our aim was to describe women's experiences of menstruation across the lifespan. Qualitative interviews with a narrative approach were conducted with 12 women between 18 and 48 years of age in Sweden. Using thematic analysis, we found menstruation to be a complex phenomenon that binds women together. It is perceived as an intimate and private matter, which makes women want to conceal the occurrence of menstrual bleeding. Over time, menstruation becomes a natural part of women's lives and gender identity. Health professionals play a central role supporting women to deal with menstruation.

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24313552
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2013.868465
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