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Three Ways to Cope with Your Wife's Menopause

depressed womenMenopause is not an easy phase for a woman to deal with, but it is important to note that she is not the only one who suffers through this difficult time. Her husband also suffers, as he has to deal with a wife who is moody, short-tempered, and/or even physically unwell. If your wife has never been pregnant and/or you have never been around a teen girl, then you are in for the surprise of your life as you see the havoc that changing hormonal levels can wreak on a woman's body.

Menopause is a critical time for a couple to go through. However, many effective ways are available for coping with menopausal symptoms, including medications and lifestyle changes. Here are a few points that a husband would keep in mind to do well during his wife's menopause.

Remember it Won't Last Forever

The menopause is not a disease or a condition; it is a normal part of a woman's life. However, the menopause is a profound life change for any woman, because it affects both physically and emotionally. To start with, a man should remember that this difficult phase would not last forever. A woman's hormones will balance out and will adjust to her new self, but it may take some time. So, remembering that this is simply a testing stage in your marriage (as opposed to the new, long-term reality) will help you to have the patience you need to deal with your wife.

Natural Nutritional Supplements Can Help

medications for menopause
Many natural remedies are available in the market to help cope with menopausal symptoms, but few of them have proven effective in scientific studies. Phyto-estrogens, soy based products, black cohosh, and red raspberry are just a few ingredients used in natural estrogen pills and supplements. These products have been shown to help improve mood and reduce perimenopausal effects.

Be Nice

Being nice is one of the best ways to cope with your wife's menopausal symptoms. If you think that handling mood swings is difficult, just wait until your wife gets angry with you for saying or doing something insensitive.

If you say something that hurts your wife's feelings, apologize. This is the best course of action, even if you do not think that you were at fault. If your wife wants to vent her emotions, listen to her. If your wife is crying over something that you feel is no big deal, keep your feelings to yourself and be there to comfort her.

At the same time, be proactive. Because not just a woman's mind and emotions that changes during menopause, her body also undergoes changes. She may feel that menopause will make her less attractive. Tell your wife how much you love her, find things to compliment her on and bring her flowers or a small gift on occasion. Take your wife out on dates as and when you have the time. If you are nice to your wife, she will be better able to cope with menopause than she would have been otherwise. This will enable you to get through this difficult time as well.

Talk to Your Doctor for Help

Consult with your doctor Getting medical help does not mean looking for plastic surgery or other treatments that will make your wife look younger and sexier than she presently does. It means helping your wife to find ways to alleviate problems, such as hot flashes and insomnia.

Many available treatments options can help alleviate common menopausal symptoms. These options include estrogen pills, sleeping pills and/or therapy. Suggest some options to your wife. Accompany her to the doctor (but only if she wants you to) and talk together about your doctor's comments and suggestions. Inspire her to make some healthy lifestyle changes. For example, you can encourage her to exercise regularly, follow a healthy eating style -- like the Mediterranean diet or raw food diet, or spend more time with family members.

It will never be easy for a man to cope with his wife's menopause. However, the above-mentioned tips can make this critical period in your marriage lot easier than it would have been otherwise. In short, a man who goes out of his way to help his wife during this difficult time will find that doing so makes menopause easier on his wife and thus easier on himself.

Medical References

  • http://www.34-menopause-symptoms.com/articles/how-to-help-your-wife-cope-with-her-menopause-symptoms.htm
  • http://ezinearticles.com/?Insensitive-Men-and-Menopause---How-to-Deal-With-Your-Wifes-Menopausal-Symptoms&id=4097093
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