Introducing the Early Menopause Project

Welcome to the Early Menopause: Experiences and Perspectives of Women and Health Professionals project website. On this website, you can learn about our research, keep track of our progress, and register your interest in participating.

This study explores the experiences of women diagnosed with early (before age 45) or premature (before age 40) menopause, and the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with this condition.

Early menopause can affect women’s physical health and wellbeing, as well as their relationships, emotional wellbeing, and their sense of identity. However, research has unveiled significant gaps in women’s and health professionals’ understanding of early menopause, leading to poorer health outcomes.

In partnership with key consumer groups, multidisciplinary health professionals, hospitals, professional societies, and government organisations, this project aims to address these knowledge gaps and thereby improve health care for women with early menopause. It responds to women’s and health professionals’ preferences for education, patient empowerment and care integration, including the need for evidence-based early menopause resources available online.

A key outcome of our research will be the production of a Healthtalk Australia online resource featuring women’s stories of experiencing early menopause, and health professionals’ reflections on caring for women with early menopause. The resource aims to help raise awareness of early menopause among women, their families and friends, as well as health professionals and health educators.

Interested in participating?

We are now recruiting women with experiences of early or premature menopause, and health professionals involved in the care of women with early or premature menopause. See below for more details.

WOMEN

We are recruiting women with experiences of early or premature menopause to participate in an interview. You may be eligible if you:

  • have experienced early or premature menopause (menopause before age 45 or 40 years), or or POI (premature / primary ovarian insufficiency), whether spontaneous or following medical treatment (e.g. chemotherapy, radiotherapy or surgical removal of the ovaries),
  • are aged 20 or over (and if over 45, you have experienced early menopause in the last 5-10 years), and,
  • live in Victoria (metro or regional).

If you are interested in participating, and/or would like more information on this project, please click on “participate” above. You can also email us: MCHRI-earlymenopausestudy@monash.edu.

HEALTH PROFESSIONALS

This project also explores the perspectives of health professionals who care for women with early or premature menopause (whether spontaneous or medically-induced). It aims to address knowledge gaps about early menopause and improve the health care of women with this condition.

We would love to hear from Victorian-based psychologists, gynaecologists, endocrinologists, breast surgeons, nurses, oncologists, and gynae-oncologists who work with women with early menopause.

If you are interested in being interviewed, and/or would like more information on this project, please click on “participate” above. You can also email us: MCHRI-earlymenopausestudy@monash.edu.