A review of African American women's experiences in menopause

Makeba Williams, Gloria Richard-Davis, Peter L. Williams, Leslie Christensen, Earlise Ward, Sarina Schrager

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Abstract

Importance and Objective Little is known and reported about the experiences of African American women as they transition to and experience menopause. Accepted norms are based on the experience of a predominantly White population. The aim of this study is to review available data about the distinct experiences of African American women during the menopause transition and menopause. Methods A literature search was developed and executed by the review team in collaboration with a health sciences librarian. The search combined controlled vocabulary and title/abstract terms related to the health status disparities of African Americans in the menopause transition and menopause. The following databases were searched from inception through April 28, 2022: PubMed, Scopus (Elsevier), and Web of Science Core Collection (Clarivate). Discussion and Conclusion African American women experience distinct differences in physical, psychological, social, and quality of life measures during menopause. Increasing awareness about the unique menopause experiences of African American women is critically important to improve the health of this underserved population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1331-1337
Number of pages7
JournalMenopause
Volume29
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2022

Keywords

  • African American
  • Hormone therapy
  • Menopause
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Racism

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