Journal article

'My relationships have changed because I've changed': biographical disruption, personal relationships and the formation of an early menopausal subjectivity

Kate Johnston-Ataata, Jacinthe Fiore, Renata Kokanovic, Martha Hickey, Helena Teede, Jacqueline A Boyle, Amanda Vincent



Early menopause (EM) or premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) can disrupt gendered and age-related expectations associated with perceived 'normative' biographies for young adult women, with implications for subjectivity and relationships. While previous qualitative research has concentrated on the impacts of EM/POI on biography and sense of self, in this article, we examine the enmeshment of personal relationships with the formation of early menopausal subjectivities. Drawing on research exploring concepts of 'biographical disruption' and personal relationships, and theoretical work on social norms and subject formation, we present findings from a narrative thematic analysis of 25 interviews..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge project partners and funders National Health and Medical Research Council (APP1116008), National Breast Cancer Foundation, Australasian Menopause Society, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Endocrine Society of Australia, Healthdirect Australia, Healthtalk Australia, Monash Health, and Women's Health Victoria, members of the Reference Group and the women who participated in the study. This research was also supported by Register4 through its members' participation. The authors thank the editors and reviewers for their helpful feedback.