Peer Support

Transitioning to or preparing for a life in surgical menopause can feel overwhelming. We offer peer support to adolescent girls, women, trans, non-binary, and AFAB around the world for free. If you are having a hard time, please reach out. We’ve been there, made it through, and would love to talk.

Individual Support v Group Support

Individual support (like the support offered here through IAPMD) is free and confidential. As Individual support relies on the availability of volunteers it may not always be available when you need it. If you have specific questions or are seeking resources or just wanting to connect personally with someone having the same experience, individual support is a wonderful option.

Group support (like the online support groups listed below) are also free. Group support is available 24/7 on various websites including Google Groups and Facebook. If you are seeking support from multiple people also in surgical menopause or are seeking support that is more readily available, group support is a good choice. It is important to remember that any information or content you post in an online support group may not be 100% confidential, as much as the group admins and moderators try to keep it that way. For questions or concerns that you want to keep completely confidential, reaching out for individual support may be a better option.

SPADE - Surgical Menopause and Young Hysterectomy Support Group »
Surgical Menopause Support group (Surmeno Connection) »
PMDD, Hysterectomy, & Life After »
Surgical menopause private chat and support »
Survivor's Guide to Surgical Menopause Forum »

No matter how you choose to receive support, it is good to remember that experiences vary and for every scary story there are ten good ones not shared. The role of any Peer Support Provider is to share their lived experience when asked and provide a compassionate bridge to evidence-based resources. Always speak with your health care provider(s) before starting or stopping any medication, treatment, or alternative therapy.

Getting Started

To begin, simply click the button above or the chat icon at the bottom of any page on this website.

Participation in our peer support program implies agreement with our terms of service.

Here to Help

Our Peer Support Team is comprised of volunteers who have personally experienced reproductive mood disorders including PMDD, PME, postpartum depression, pregnancy loss, and more. All our peer support volunteers have completed our unique women's peer support and crisis intervention training program.

Peers not only provide insight based on personal experience with various treatment plans but also teach coping skills, physical wellness, good nutrition, stress management and social support. More than anything, though, they provide a safe space for you to be heard. They’ve been there, and don’t judge.

Please Know

Peer support is not a substitute for crisis counseling or professional care, but we are here to listen and bridge you to information, support, and resources. If one-on-one Peer Support isn’t what you are looking for right now, consider checking out one of our online peer support groups.

Locate a Crisis Center »
Become a Peer Support Provider »