Whilst a natural phase in life, the journey through menopause can be deeply amplified when overcoming its challenges as a transgender individual. With unique hormonal histories and overall transition stories, one’s menopause experience is deeply personal and can come with lots of unexpected challenges.
For transgender women, the use of oestrogen as part of their transition may affect the timing and intensity of menopausal symptoms. On the other hand, transgender men who have undergone chest surgery may experience menopause more in line with cisgender men.
From emotional and psychological challenges to body dysmorphia, these feelings can intensify for transgender individuals who could already be navigating complex emotions related to their gender identity.
Finding the right support and resources
Transgender individuals may need unique forms of support during menopause. Identifying healthcare providers who are knowledgeable about transgender health issues, as well as having access to safe spaces can be crucial. Managing menopausal symptoms can become a lot easier when supported by healthcare providers who are experienced and know how to deal with particularities.
Rock My Menopause, shares “If you feel uncomfortable talking to your GP about your menopause symptoms for any reason, Stonewall has a list of NHS organisations that are Diversity Champions and an information service that can offer advice on who to contact. You can call them on 08000 50 20 20”.
Mental health professionals who specialise in gender identity and LGBTQ+ issues can also provide valuable support during menopause. Support groups specifically for transgender individuals can offer a sense of community and understanding. Tania Glyde is a GSRD therapist in a private practice in London UK who has researched the healthcare experiences of LGBTQIA+ menopausal people, written about queer menopause, and given evidence to UK parliament. You can visit Tania’s website here, where she has also listed out a number of resources: https://www.queermenopause.com/resources-1
Self-care comes first
Encourage self-care practices that promote emotional well-being. Activities like mindfulness meditation, yoga, or journaling can help manage stress and anxiety.
Be sensitive, be supportive, and recognise that your transgender peers are likely to face unique challenges and emotions during this period of their lives – this requires understanding and sensitivity from society as a whole. By providing inclusive healthcare, mental health support, and promoting self-care, we can help transgender individuals navigate menopause with dignity and compassion.
Let’s foster a world where everyone, regardless of their gender identity, can experience hormonal changes comfortably. As a tight-knit team, we’ll always stand by you here at Faace.