|Men and Menopause What Every Man Should Know|
|Written by Karen Giblin, Founder and President, Red Hot Mamas|
|Sunday, 08 October 2006 17:30|
My Changing Valentine
Often times men begin noticing changes in their partners when they are in their forties. Many of these changes are misunderstood and effect relationships.
Men are unclear about the changes that are occurring, and don’t have a clue about what the experience is like. They are also uncertain as to how to support their changing valentine.
The emotional and physical changes (symptoms) are a direct result of the ovaries beginning to shut down – estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels fluctuating, and changing. As a result of this biological process, many women feel irritable, anxious, forgetful, fatigued and may also experience lack of sexual desire and painful intercourse.
The kindest thing you can do for your changing valentine is to talk to her about how she is feeling emotionally and physically, and take her needs seriously. In addition, take the advice of our medical expert, Bruce Bekkar, MD and read his article below.
Menopause for Men: What every guy should know!
By: Bruce Bekkar, MD
What is menopause?
How do I know if my partner has reached menopause?
What else happens as a result of menopause?
What can women do for themselves when they reach menopause?
What can you do to help?
Set an example! If she's going through "the change," guess who else needs to take a look at his "lifestyle"? The best way to inspire her to take great care of herself and look good is to do the same. Lead by example and not by lecturing. Ask her how she's feeling. Menopause can be a difficult time for women, even if they don't have a lot of physical complaints. This major change in her body may make her feel less like a woman, she may be worried about some particular problem of aging- like Alzheimer's disease, or she may even be depressed because her kids are leaving home. If she's having a bad day, it is amazingly therapeutic for her if you simply ask, "How are you feeling today?" The key is to listen to her entire answer without interrupting and trying to "fix" her or make it better. This takes most of us guys a little practice, but watch how she responds. When women- or men- talk about feelings, we mostly want to be heard, to have someone really know how we're feeling.
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