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Date: 24 May 2017

Location: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, London Full details

Organiser: LSE and LSHTM

Duration: One day

CPD: n/a

One-day British Society for Population Studies meeting, with funding from the Biosocial Society, on Thursday 24th May, at LSE.

A key factor determining a woman’s experience of menopause is the culture in which she finds herself before, during, and after menopause. In our youth-idolizing Western culture, menopause can seem like an ending. However, in many cultures, menopause is a time of new respect and freedom for women. Even though hormonal changes after menopause produce similar symptoms in many women, cultural differences can still shape how people experience this stage of life. These may arise from variation in a wide range of factors, including stigma (or lack of it) within cultures, access to health services and gender inequalities.

Considerable research shows significant variation across populations in the menopausal experience. Biological, psychological, social and cultural factors are associated with either positive or negative attitudes, perceptions or experiences of menopause in various cultures. Comparative international literature shows that neither biological nor social factors alone are sufficient to explain the variation in experiences of the menopausal transition.

The aim of this workshop is to gather current research on the menopause and its cultural and socio-economic aspects. The objectives are to get a multidisciplinary approach to the topic, including both qualitative and quantitative work. Ultimately we want to highlight a variety of issues surrounding this neglected topic which can have repercussions on health in later life.

The meeting is free and open to everyone however registration is required. Email Alexis Palfreyman ( to reserve your place.

Poster submissions welcomed, especially from early career researchers and students. Please email the title and a short abstract of the poster to Alexis Palfreyman ( deadline 10 May