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Menopause Guide For Men

Menopause is a major change in a woman's life. It requires a lot of adjustments and tolerance to cope with her changing body. It is definitely a challenge – not only for women, but also for men.

Men also need to adjust to the changes happening to their partners. Unpleasant or distressing symptoms often affect the relationship. In a survey, 38% of the men studied said that menopause affected their relationship with their partners, particularly in intimacy. They are also affected when their partner has night sweats and insomnia.

Men are, of course, powerless to stop this change, but they can be a source of comfort and strength for their women.

Be informed.

Read up on menopause– how it starts, the causes, the disruptive symptoms and how to alleviate them.

The average age of the onset of menopause is 51, but some women have premature menopause, which occurs before a woman is 40. Menopause may begin as early as seven years before the last period and continue for five more years.

Be emphatic.

Gail Saltz, MD, author of The Ripple Effect: How Better Sex Can Lead to a Better Life, said, “Even if no one wants more children, menopause can still represent a certain loss of youth and potential that may strike your wife as sad. Try to imagine yourself reaching some biologic milestone that changes your body – and how you might feel about it. By standing in her shoes, you'll be better able to be supportive about the changes.”

Be patient.

Talk about it. Be a team and deal with the situation together. Ask how you can make her comfortable. Help her develop good sleeping habits or a good exercise regimen that you can do together.

Don't avoid intimacy with her. Take her out to a romantic dinner and hold her hand. Intimacy is not just about sex itself but about making your woman feel desired and wanted.