Medicalization of women's third age.

  title={Medicalization of women's third age.},
  author={Patricia A Kaufert and Margaret Lock},
  journal={Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynaecology},
  volume={18 2},
Medicalization usually refers to the process whereby the normal processes of pregnancy, childbirth, menstruation and menopause have been claimed and redefined by medicine. Rather than discussing medicalization and menopause in terms of the number of women taking hormones, or the percentage of physicians convinced they should prescribe them, this paper looks at the visual image of the menopausal woman as portrayed in the pharmaceutical literature and in the mass media. Unlike the depressed and… CONTINUE READING

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