Q: I’m a 40-year-old female, now married for 17 years and starting
to experience early menopause. I’m finding myself to be very emotional lately,
crying more now than ever before. I’m not depressed — at least not often
— but I do experience times when I feel that no one understands me.
I’m not on any type of hormone therapy or medication. I’m not experiencing
hot flashes or night sweats. I just cannot seem to explain to my husband
what’s happening to me emotionally now. I was able to convince him that we
need to read up on the effects of menopause. Can you help me to help my husband
understand the new life I’m living?
A: We certainly understand how difficult it can be for women to
relay their feelings to their spouses at this time in life. The journey you are
on is an individual one, and sometimes we can only fully comprehend major life changes
Each relationship between two people is unique as well, and carries with it a complex
set of constraints, strengths, and history. This too makes it difficult to offer
meaningful advice on how best to explain the perimenopausal experience to your partner.
But there are common themes, and it is important for your spouse to know and understand
more about the physical and emotional changes you are experiencing. For starting
tips on bridging this gap, you may want to read our main article on talking to your
partner about menopause. Then you might like to share some of our other articles
on menopause and perimenopause with your husband:
- Information, signs and symptoms ofperimenopause
- Low sex drive in women — causes and solutions
- Rekindling desire — the soul of your libido
You may also wish to review our additional
menopause reading list, where we summarize some of our favorite books on
the topic of menopause.
If you would like to learn more about our Hormonal Health Package and how they might
help balance your system at this time of life, give us a call at
. We are amazed each week as we hear back from the many women whose lives we have
helped change — for the better!