This study was funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research and was done in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. This project explored the menopause transition among women with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries.
Studying menopause has become increasingly popular in the last several decades. Although we now have a better understanding of the physical changes as well as the emotional and social aspects of the menopause experience, we know much less about how menopause is experienced in the context of disability. This is important because people survive serious injuries and illnesses more than ever before and go on to live a long life. For women, menopause is a normal transition in middle age. In this study, we asked women with and without a traumatic brain injury about their menopause symptoms, and other things such as sleep quality, problems with sexual functioning, and gynecological history. As of May 2018, we are working with the TBI Model Systems to recruit more women with traumatic brain injury to reach our sampling goal (we met our target for women without traumatic brain injury!).