To explore the experiences of women who have attained menopause.
Introduction: Middle age is one of the turning points in one’s life as it brings along many changes. It roughly starts in the early 40s, when for most of the people; it is the best period in their life when their achievement is at the highest point. But at the same time they may undergo changes i.e physiological reproductive & psychological changes1. While providing care to these clients, there were many areas to be explored, hence the present qualitative study titled as “A study to assess the menopausal sign & symptoms, coping strategies & experiences of women who have attained menopause in selected areas of Pune city,” was undertaken. The aim of the study was to explore the experiences of women who have attained menopause in selected areas of Pune city.
Material & method: A qualitative research study was conducted & non probability purposive sampling method was used. The 15 menopausal women was included in the study. The case study method were used as research strategy to collect data. The semi structured tool consisted of two sections i.e demographic variables & 6 open ended questioner, under the signs & symptoms, coping strategies & experiences of women who have attained menopause. Face to face interview was conducted with making field note during the interview. The data analysed by content analysis i.e coding data, multiple codes, theme & sub theme categorized.
Result: The analysis resulted in the emergence of 7 interrelated themes and sub themes in the study such as menopausal experience, natural process, distress related to menopausal change, coping strategies, support system, cultural belief & apprehension.
Conclusion: The findings of the study revealed that significantly contributes towards the awareness and menopause education programme should incorporated under national programme of the reproductive health.