Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished ManuscriptAbstract: Abstract: Much of the sociological research on menopause reflects the cultural assumption that menopause is an individual, biological event by documenting rates of physical changes, such as hot flashes, mood swings and vaginal dryness. Such research poses a social problem because it supports gendered assumptions that biology controls womens moods and behavior. It also bolsters the biomedical approach, which views drugs as the way to treat menopausal symptoms. Meanwhile the larger social conditions that contribute to womens embodied experiences are overlooked. Based on 30 in-depth interviews with a diverse group, this paper uses an integrative analytical framework to understand how biology and culture affect menopause. The findings suggest that womens embodied experiences are less or more intense depending on medical care and various types of stress. An integrative approach illustrates how biology and culture interact in complex ways. The conclusion proposes social changes that could improve womens embodied experiences at menopause.