The average age range at which women experience menopause in the US is between 48 and 55 years.
We utilized various medical publications and research papers published by the NCBI, Michigan Medicine-University of Michigan, AARP, Research Gate, medicinenet and eMedicineHealth to research the relevant information. In some publications, the information pertained to North America as opposed to the US. In such cases, we have tried to explicitly distinguish between the data related to North America and the data related to the US. Two of the sources which were published in 2012 have only been utilized to confirm that homeopathic therapies are utilized for treating menopause.
According to a report published by eMedicineHealth, the average age of women at the time of menopause is 51 years in the US. The report also states that the most common age range at which women experience menopause is between 48 and 55 years.
CULTURE, SOCIAL, AND ECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS
A study on the menopausal symptoms among four major ethnic groups in the U.S. stated that women, who have a more optimistic view of menopause and consider it a part of the normal aging process, were able to tolerate their symptoms and were less likely to use the medication to treat themselves. On the other hand, women with a pessimistic view were more likely to experience an increased number of symptoms. African-American women were reported to have a more positive attitude towards menopause as compared to other ethnicities. Also, women living in urban areas tended to have a more negative view of menopause. The report also found that women with low educational and income levels or those who work only as homemakers are more like to experience severe menopausal symptoms.
The report further states that the severity of symptoms was linked to age, income level, general health status, and menopausal status in Caucasian American women, employment and BMI in Hispanic American women, income level and BMI in African American women and level of acculturation and the level of physical activity in Asian American women. While most American women did not adopt any methodology to deal with their menopausal symptoms, Asian American women adopted various mind control strategies such as being optimistic and calming down to manage their symptoms.
A study by Iqbal Afridi on the psychological and social aspects of menopause reported that women with low self-esteem and previous experience with mood disorders are more likely to experience more severe menopausal complaints. The report also states that the role, social factors, and culture influencing women in the US lead them to have higher rates of depressive symptoms and hot flashes or sweats during menopause as compared to their counterparts in other countries such as Japan. American women tend to believe that they will experience memory loss at menopause.
According to a study published by Women's Midlife Health the menopausal status of women does not affect the work outcome such as job performance and turnover intention. Another study on the health behaviors during menopause found that about 65% of women felt unprepared for menopause, while 80% of women sought a structured lifestyle program that can help alleviate their menopausal symptoms.
RESEARCH AND GUIDANCE
Menopausal women in the US consult media and news publications for guidance as evidenced by the decrease in the sale of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) prescriptions from 61 million in 2001 to 21 million in 2004 due to news reports stating that HRT was dangerous for menopausal women. A survey on the health behaviors of women during menopause found that about 75% of women in the US participate in lifestyle modification programs to educate themselves, get their queries answered and seek professional help for menopause. Another avenue employed by women to seek guidance is through social engagements with friends and family. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), about 60% of women with severe menopausal symptoms seek guidance from medical and healthcare professionals.
HOMEOPATHIC VS. PHARMA "THERAPIES"
A study on health behaviors and experiences during menopause reported that about 72% of women avoided holistic remedies such as homeopathy to treat their menopausal symptoms. According to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), women preferred holistic remedies such as black cohosh, controlled breathing, and vibration therapy which are supported by scientific evidence.
Pharma "therapies" such as Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) have also declined due to news reports stating that such therapies were harmful. The most preferred pharma treatment among women is low doses of vaginal estrogen.
The main similarity between homeopathic and pharma "therapies" such as HRT is that both treatments are used to treat sweats and hot flashes that occur during menopause. However, the main difference between the two treatments is that while HRT has been reported as harmful, homeopathic therapy has no known serious side effects, except allergic reactions in certain individuals.