As women go through menopause, their partners might find that the transitions symptoms are also having a substantial influence on their own lives. In order to maintain a stable and respectful relationship throughout menopause, it is important that men are able to identify when and why their wives are undergoing this transition. Appreciating that there is a natural cause behind your partner's symptoms is vital to maintaining a healthy relationship.
The stage preceding menopause is known as perimenopause, and is generally when women experience the majority of symptoms.
8 Signs Associated with the Onset of Menopause
It is during perimenopause that a woman's hormones start to fluctuate. Typically, it is expected for women to enter this phase during their 40's. However, some women won't start until their 50s while others start in their 30s. Generally, most women find that they experience menopause around the same time as their mothers did.
Problems to handle stress
Your wife's ability to deal with stressful situations might lessen, and she might become more anxious and irritable.
Extreme variations in hormone levels can result in women feeling sad one moment and then angry or anxious the next. Increased mood swings are one of the first signs that a woman is entering perimenopause.
Sleep problems are another classic menopause symptom; if your wife struggles to fall and stay asleep, or tosses and turns throughout the night, then she may be entering perimenopause.
Sweaty and flushed
Hot flashes are one of the most common menopause symptoms and are caused by hormonal imbalance. They are experienced as the sudden sensation of heat and can often be accompanied by chills and perspiration. Unfortunately for your wife, hot flashes are one of the hardest symptoms to shift as they can linger even after the menopause.
Loss of libido
Unfortunately for both of you loss of libido can also be experienced during perimenopause. Try to remain patient and understanding and if necessary, find other ways to be intimate.
Due to a drop in estrogen levels women secrete less natural vaginal moisture during perimenopause. In order to avoid painful sexual encounters, using water based lubricants is advisable.
More frequent visits to the bathroom
More frequent visits to the bathroom could be a sign that your wife has entered perimenopause. There are two menopause symptoms that can cause a woman to visit the bathroom more regularly: The first being that she has experienced a shift in menstruation patterns and is experiencing irregular bleeding, the second that she is suffering from one of the urinary infections, or incontinence, associated with menopause.
Be understanding and work with your wife, so you can both survive this difficult time and not allow it to negatively affect your relationship. Follow this link to find out how menopause symptoms can be relieved by making lifestyle changes.
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