Reproductive ethics: Ethical issues and menopause

W. Rogers*

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This article considers the natural history of menopause, whether or not menopause is a disease, and the role of pharmaceutical treatment for both menopausal symptoms and the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease. Specific ethical issues covered include the implications of defining menopause as a disease and its subsequent medicalization, the quality of information available for women to make informed decisions about treatment, the value of individual pharmaceutical treatments as disease prevention strategies, and broader questions of research ethics. © 2008

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
EditorsStella Quah, Kris Heggenhougen
Place of PublicationAmsterdam; Oxford
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Culture
  • Disease definition
  • Disease prevention
  • Hormone replacement therapy
  • Informed decision making
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pharmaceutical treatment
  • Research trials
  • Symptoms
  • Women's health


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