Perimenopause is a stage in a woman’s life when her body starts to transition to menopause.
Men can play an important role in supporting women during this time.
Here are some things that men need to know about perimenopause:
1. Perimenopause can start in a women in her 30s or 40s, and can last for several years (usually around ten, but it can be longer or shorter). During this time, women may experience a range of symptoms, including hot flashes, mood changes, irregular periods and sleep disturbances.
2. It can affect a woman’s mood and emotions: Perimenopause can affect a woman’s mood and emotions. Changes in oestrogen levels during menopause can lead to women experiencing irritability, anxiety and depression. Men should be patient and understanding during this time, and avoid making assumptions or dismissing their partner’s symptoms.
3. It can affect a woman’s sex life: Perimenopause can affect a woman’s sex drive due to changes in hormone levels, vaginal dryness and other symptoms. Men should be understanding and supportive of their partner’s needs and concerns and communicate openly about how to maintain intimacy and pleasure during this time. It’s not necessarily a time of no intimacy, but it will be a different experience for you both. Communicate, communicate, communicate.
4. Educate yourself: The first step is to learn as much as you can about perimenopause. This will help you understand what women are going through and how you can support them. Read books, articles and blogs on the topic, and talk to your partner or female friends who have gone through or are going through perimenopause.
5. Lifestyle changes can help manage symptoms: There are many ways to manage perimenopause symptoms, including making lifestyle changes such as reducing alcohol intake, quitting smoking, and eating a healthy diet. Men can support their
partners by encouraging these changes and offering to make healthy meals or exercise together.
6. Help her manage symptoms: There are many ways to manage perimenopause symptoms, and men can help their partners in several ways. For example, offer to help with household chores if she’s feeling tired or overwhelmed. Encourage her to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep. Offer to go with her to doctor’s appointments or to pick up medication.
7. Hormone replacement therapy may be an option: Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be an option to manage perimenopause symptoms. Men should support their partners in making informed decisions about HRT, including discussing the risks and benefits with a healthcare provider.
8. Communication is key: Communication is key during perimenopause. Men should encourage their partners to talk openly about their symptoms and concerns, and listen without judgement. Sharing feelings and concerns can help partners work together to find the best ways to support each other during this time.
If you would love to know more about perimenopause, menopauses, and everything before and after, please join me for my Menopause & Me workshop. The next date and info can be found here: https://kategrosvenor.kartra.com/page/menopaueandme
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