In the study that I found conducted by Adler et. al, the purpose was to describe and examine the expectations and experiences of menopause and midlife in pre and postmenopausal Chinese American women. The major findings were that the meaning of menopause is deeply associated with the meaning of midlife. Most of the pre-menopausal women surveyed saw menopause to be a natural process of the life cycle as a marker for aging. Even the word “menopause” in Chinese can be interchangeable with the word “midlife”. While some viewed this as an indicator of old age, others saw this as a new opportunity and a second chance at life. Although menopause is a natural cycle and is inevitable, many of the women saw this event as an empowering time in which they are able to self-assess and create new goals for themselves. Instead of seeing menopause as the beginning of a “midlife crisis”, these women saw this time as an opportunity to take control of their own lives.
A biological concern that Chinese American women face when they reach menopause is a higher likelihood of osteoporosis. A large majority of Asian Americans fall victim to bone density and calcium deficiency disorders as they age because of the lack of dairy and calcium in their diet. This can be attributed to a larger number of lactose intolerant individuals within this group. As such, a common recommendation by health care providers when Chinese American women reach menopause is to begin introducing calcium supplements into their diets.