Breaking Barriers: Addressing Menopause in the LGBTQ+ Community
I want to shed light on an important topic that often goes dressing Menopause in the LGBTQ+ Community unnoticed: Menopause within the LGBTQ+ community.
While menopause is commonly associated with cisgender women, it is crucial to acknowledge and support individuals from all gender identities who experience this natural transition.
Acknowledging Diverse Experiences
Menopause is inevitable for anyone assigned female at birth and non-binary or transgender men cannot bypass the process despite no longer identifying as female at the point of transition. What they can do is educate themselves and others about the diverse experiences of menopause to make it a more inclusive topic of conversation.
Menopause experiences can vary greatly among non-binary and transgender men. Some may have undergone hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as part of their transition, which can influence the onset and progression of menopause. Others may have had surgery to remove their uterus (hysterectomy), ovaries (oophorectomy) or uterus, ovaries, and fallopian tubes (Total hysterectomy with salpingo-oophorectomy). Surgical menopause has no slow build up, it literally happens overnight so recognising and respecting these diverse experiences is essential.
Community and Peer Support
Building support networks within the LGBTQ+ community is crucial for non-binary and transgender men navigating menopause. Peer support groups and online communities can offer a safe space to share experiences, find guidance, and foster a sense of belonging. (find out more at https://www.queermenopause.com/resources)
Stand loud and proud
It’s time we break down the barriers surrounding menopause and uplift the voices of those in the LGBTQ+ community. Let’s work together to create a world where everyone feels seen, understood, and supported throughout their life’s transitions.
Please feel free to share your thoughts, experiences, or resources related to menopause within the LGBTQ+ community.
Together, we can create a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.