n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Menopause and sexuality of older women in the rural villages of Vhembe district, Limpopo province, South Africa

Supplement 1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


All over the world, women regard menopause as an important aspect of their lives. Menopause represents a passage from the reproductive to the post-reproductive life stages. Menopause is the description of the psychological and physical events in women where menstruation ceases to occur. It is also an aspect of human aging and signals the end point of the menstrual journey in a woman and loss of reproductive functioning. The study intended to explore menopause and sexuality of older women in rural villages of Vhembe District Limpopo Province, South Africa. The study was a qualitative and explorative, using phenomelogical approach. Purposive sampling was used to select the four villages and participants for the focus groups. Sample size was determined by data saturation. Data were collected through focus group interviews and one central question guided the discussions. Tesch's eight steps of qualitative data analysis were used. Measures to ensure trustworthiness and ethical issues were observed. The findings were that at the women's gatherings, churches and community as part of culture, topics such as menstruation and sex formed part of the teaching and were emphasised while menopause and sex were taboo, not mentioned anywhere and were not given a priority amongst the villagers. Recommendations were that menopausal issues should be emphasised and receive priority at the community resources like women's conferences, women's day celebrations, women's clubs, churches and health care facilities so that when women reach menopause at midlife, they will be aware and able to effectively cope with menopause and sexuality.

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