Health in middle-aged and elderly women: A conceptual framework for healthy menopause

Loes Jaspers, NMP Daan, Gaby Dijk, Tatjana Gazibara, Taulant Muka, Ke-xin Wen, Cindy Meun, M.C. Zillikens, Jeanine Roeters van Lennep, Jolien Roos - Hesselink, E Laan, M Rees, Joop Laven, OH Franco Duran, Maryam Kavousi

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Middle-aged and elderly women constitute a large and growing proportion of the population. The peri and postmenopausal period constitutes a challenging transition time for women's health, and menopausal health is a crucial aspect in healthy and successful aging. Currently, no framework for the concept of healthy menopause exists, despite its recognized importance. Therefore, we aimed to: (i) characterize healthy menopause; (ii) identify aspects that contribute to it; and (iii) explore potential approaches to measure it. We propose healthy menopause as a dynamic state, following the permanent loss of ovarian function, which is characterized by self-perceived satisfactory physical, psychological and social functioning, incorporating disease and disability, allowing the attainment of a woman's desired ability to adapt and capacity to self-manage. The concept of healthy menopause applies to all women from the moment they enter the menopausal transition, up until they reach early and late postmenopause and includes women with spontaneous, iatrogenic, and premature menopause. This conceptualization can be considered as a further step in the maintenance and improvement of health in menopausal women from different perspectives, foremost the woman's own perspective, followed by the clinical, public health, and societal perspectives, and can be seen as a further step in delineating lines for future research. Furthermore, it could facilitate the improvement of adequate preventive and treatment strategies, guide scientific efforts, and aid education and communication to health care practitioners and the general public, allowing women the achievement of their potential and the fulfillment of their fundamental role in society. (C) 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)93-98
Number of pages6
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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  • EMC COEUR-09
  • EMC MM-01-39-02
  • EMC MM-01-39-09-A
  • EMC MM-01-52-07
  • EMC NIHES-01-64-01

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