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Geographies of the Menopause

The menopause has largely been conceptualised as a medical event in the contemporary UK: this research seeks to reposition it as a social one.


Through interviews with women from different parts of the UK and different social backgrounds, this project will explore how women’s experiences of the menopause have (re)shaped their experiences of space and place; their understandings their bodies and bodily biographies; and their relationship to wage work, families and friends.

As such this work fills a major empirical gap on women’s reproductive lives, which currently focuses on experiences of pregnancy, birth and motherhood and says virtually nothing about women’s experiences of this key life stage.


To better understand the menopause as a socio-spatial experience on the part of women in different social and geographic contexts in the UK.



This research was made possible through the support of the following organisations: