African perceptions and myths about menopause
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Menopause for most African women marks the end of reproductive potential. For the grand multiparous women deprived of modern contraceptive technologies it is also a relief from pregnancies; but to the childless women it could be the beginning of a depression. Age per se is not as important a consideration as the events surrounding menopause. Cultural beliefs and practices vary with the different communities in Africa. It is important for health providers to identify such beliefs and practices if reproductive health problems that emerge in the climacteric have to be prevented and managed correctly.