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Week 9 Notes PSCH 315

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These notes cover Week 9 material - Chapter 11 (Pms, Menopause, Contraception) and the second part of the guest lecture. Every other page is purposefully left blank.
Psychology of Women and Gender
Karina Reyes
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by vscobee2 on Tuesday March 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSCH 315 at University of Illinois at Chicago taught by Karina Reyes in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 76 views. For similar materials see Psychology of Women and Gender in Psychlogy at University of Illinois at Chicago.


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Date Created: 03/15/16
Week 9 Notes These notes cover Chapter 11 (PMS, Menopause, and Contraception) and the 2  part of the guest lecture. Notes are on every other page. Ch. 11 Psychology and Women’s Health Issues  PMS o Lots of retrospective studies o Small fluctuations in mood/“PMS” symptoms o In perspective studies, the data is correlational   Studies can’t fully prove that hormone levels influence mood levels o The data is inconclusive – not to say that PMS doesn’t exist o The problem is that it’s not defined in a specific way (vague definitions) o PMS usually happens right before menstruation o It isn’t universal  Cross­cultural studies show lots of variation in self­reported PMS  symptoms o Studies = irregular women who are told they’re about to get their period report  PMS symptoms o Different perspectives of PMS and ways of thinking about menstruation across  ethnic groups  Some view it positively, some negatively o Not much research on if men have monthly hormonal/behavioral changes o Other areas affected by pre­menstruation:  More sensitive to pain  Senses heightened o Menstruation cramps have cultural variations and are not a part of menopause  Menopause o Irritability, hot flashes, depression, difficulty in concentration o 50­75% of women report hot flashes o Ethnic variations in hot flashes  Only 2% of Japanese women experience them  Highest rates in African American women  Whites and Latinas are in the middle o Women are no more depressed than at any other time in their lives o Nutrition causes variations in menopause and menstruation PAGE LEFT BLANK  Soy is helpful  Contraception o Men historically choose which partner uses contraception – women usually  responsible for contraception because there are more options o Men’s options are vasectomy, tubal blockading, and condoms (should always be  used to prevent STDs) o 1 in 10 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 get pregnant CWHC Guest Lecture Continued  Lots of people have traumatic experiences with medical care o Certain bodies are more oppressed than others  Services offered: o Basic Preventative Gynecology (1975) o Alternative Insemination (1983) – 1  program in the Midwest o Outreach and Education (1988) – body knowledge is body power; comprehensive  sex ed (not just abstinence; body positive, sex positive, queer inclusive) o Feminist Therapy (1989) o Acupuncture and Massage (2007) o Trans Greater Access Project (2009) o Primary Care (2014)  How is CWHC different? o Appointments are longer than average o Work with patients to make their own decisions during their visit  Encourage patients to insert their own speculum  Use teaching microscopes to show what they’re looking at and talk about  it together  Give patient full control over the visit o Trauma informed  Giving them control is important o Harm Reduction Model  Small steps to reduce amount of harm


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