How Menopause Can Affect Relationships?

One of the biggest events in a woman’s life is menopause. This is the life cycle change that occurs around the age of 42 to 58 on average, and it is caused when the reproductive cycle of a woman ends. When this occurs, pregnancy is no longer possible and hormonal changes begin to occur quickly. While it can have a big impact on a woman’s body, it’s important to understand that menopause can also have a major effect on relationships.

For starters, menopause can have a direct impact on a woman’s personality. One of the most common symptoms of it is a sudden onset of wild, unpredictable mood swings. A woman can go from happy to mad, from angry to sad all in a matter of hours or even minutes in some cases. This is due to the changing hormones in her body, since those hormones can impact mood and through process. Of course, those shifting moods and irritability can put a strain on relationships. It can be difficult to get through this period of time, but the fact is that since menopause is temporary it will eventually end and things will go back to normal.

How Menopause Can Affect Relationships?

One of the biggest areas in a relationship that can be affected by the onset of menopause is sex. There are numerous sexually related issues that a woman will experience as she goes through ‘The Change”, including:

  • The decreased level of hormones in the body can often reduce sex drive
  • The emotional changes that occur can often simply stress her out and cause her to focus on enjoying sex
  • Vaginal tissues can become dry and sex is sometimes uncomfortable for women
  • The night sweats and hot flashes a woman experiences can often interrupt her sleep and make her too tired to have sex
  • With that in mind, it can become clear just why women are less interested in sex as they go through menopause. A big problem for many couples is that the man just doesn’t seem to understand the severity of the symptoms that can be experienced during menopause and as a result it can be difficult for them to understand just what is happening and why their partner isn’t that interested in them.

    The key is to understand that it isn’t personal, no matter how it may seem. Additionally, it’s important to remember that it will eventually come to an end. This hormonal change isn’t permanent. The symptoms experienced during the change, including the sexual ones, will gradually decline in intensity and in frequency and leave a woman feeling much more like herself.

    During menopause, a few things can help to improve the overall symptoms as well. A woman can try to add things to her life like exercise, better dietary habits, and more in order to reduce the symptoms. Taking extra time to become fully aroused during sex can help make the experience less painful and irritating, and just the act of having sex more frequently can often improve one’s desire to have it. Simply put, you and your partner will get through this. Sometimes it just takes time to understand what’s happening.

    Emily Peetlukes

    Contributor: Emily Peetlukes (The Beauty Insiders)

    This Article Has Been Published on April 5, 2013 and Last Modified on June 16, 2016

    Emily is a dreamer who was born to run wild and free; a traveler who is always on the move collecting research and experiences from different people and cultures from all over the world. Her love of writing comes naturally, and she finds it a great way to share stories, advice and information from her life experiences. Emily is a certified life coach, a dating expert and has a wide range of knowledge from health and fitness, adventure and traveling, sex and relationships as well as beauty and culture. She hopes to continue to share her passion of writing with the world through future projects including books, novels, articles and blogs. Follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

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