Trans Menopause and Identity

A qualitative Study of Trans Menopause; Individuals Assigned Female at Birth.

Are you a trans individual who was assigned female at birth, 18 or over, who has gone through or is currently going through menopause?

You’re invited to participate in an essential research study exploring the Trans Menopause experience; trans people during menopause and its impact on identity.


Breaking Barriers and Embracing Inclusion

What is Menopause?

Menopause is commonly defined as the permanent cessation of menstrual periods after one year of no periods. It can occur spontaneously or be induced through medical interventions or surgery. Preceding menopause is the perimenopause stage, characterized by irregular cycles, fluctuating hormones, and ovulation patterns.

The Research Gap

Despite some progress in increasing awareness of menopause, discussions, policies, and services still predominantly revolve around the experiences of cisgender women, leaving the narratives of transgender individuals untold. This lack of authentic representation has fostered the misconception that menopause only affects cisgender women, disregarding the reality that it can impact people of all genders. Trans people, in particular, have been significantly underrepresented in menopausal literature, perpetuating prejudice, stigma, and systemic inequality.

Promoting Inclusivity

The absence of research and information on the Trans Menopause experience became evident during my search for resources. Currently, there is not enough information, research and resources to be able to advise and support trans menopausal people. By shedding light on the transgender journey through menopause, we can challenge preconceptions and promote a more accurate and supportive discourse surrounding this experience.


Your Story Matters


I am seeking to speak with 15 individuals aged 18 or over, self-identifying as trans people assigned female at birth, with self-rated perimenopause or menopause status (surgical/hormonal/natural). The research is open to participants worldwide.

I am interested in understanding what it has been like for you to go through menopause. I am also interested in how going through menopause may or may not have affected your identity and overall well-being.

Participation Details

Participation in this study is voluntary and involves an initial phone call to discuss the details of the study. If you choose to participate, we will arrange an appointment that suits your preferences. Appointments are available in person (available for London-based participants) or remotely via Microsoft Teams.


The appointment will last up to 90 minutes and will involve two main components. First, you will complete a short demographics questionnaire, which should take no longer than 10 minutes.  Second, we will conduct a one-on-one interview, during which I will ask questions about your personal journey and experiences with menopause. The interview will be audio recorded using a digital voice recorder. The information provided will be kept confidential. All data at publication will be pseudonymised; therefore, no names will be used, and any identifying details will be removed.

How to get involved

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact me at I would be more than happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.

Ethical approval has been obtained under the procedures of the University of Roehampton’s Research Integrity and Ethics Committee, and the study will be conducted in accordance with the British Psychological Society’s ethical guidelines. 

Thank you for your help and consideration.


I'm Esthefanea she/her

I am in the last year of my doctoral degree programme in counselling psychology at the University of Roehampton. Originally from Brazil, I’m bilingual and identify as a cis hetero woman.

I am committed to challenging the existing stereotypes surrounding menopause and fostering a more inclusive understanding of this phase of life. Embracing diversity and promoting the recognition of varied menopausal experiences are at the core of my research and personal dedication. I believe that every person deserves comprehensive support as they navigate menopause.

Positionality Statement

It is essential to acknowledge that my identity and experiences differ from my participants. I recognize that I am not speaking on behalf of transgender individuals, but rather, I locate myself as an ally.

My intention in undertaking this research is to utilize my academic platform to amplify the voices and experiences of trans individuals within the context of menopause. As counselling psychologists, we have the responsibility and opportunity to challenge assumptions, advocate for social change, and engage in research that addresses the unique needs and experiences of diverse populations.

I approach this study with humility and an understanding of the limitations of my personal experiences and the power dynamics inherent in research. I am committed to listening, learning, and collaborating with transgender individuals, communities, and organizations to ensure that the study is conducted in a respectful, inclusive, and culturally sensitive manner.

You can find my complete contact details in the recruitment poster below, complete my contact form. or message me on Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.

Recruitment poster for research into menopause of Trans people assigned female at birth.