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How Menopause Affects Your Family

You are not the only person affected by your menopause. The other members of your family are also affected, sometimes in very significant ways.

Diet Changes Affect Everyone

Since most families do at least part of their shopping, cooking, and eating together, the diet changes you make to support your new post-menopausal nutrition needs can trickle down to affect the whole family. This is not necessarily a harmful side effect, but depending on how you decide to implement it, it could radically change the way your family eats.

Husband and Wife

Many men become confused and frustrated by their wife's loss of sex drive during menopause. They may feel unwanted or distance from what they have always had with their wife. Most menopausal women are going through symptoms that can range from being subtle, to quite severe which can affect your partners and your quality of life. Remember these feelings are very real, they are physical, they are not imagined.

Mood Swings And Relationships

Your menopausal mood swings are not easy for everyone to get around. It is particularly challenging for young children, who tend to have a very self-centered view of the world, and can become frightened or upset about a situation because they are afraid that they are the cause of your moodiness, even though you are quite aware that the cause is irregular timing for taking medication. Your mood swings can also have a substantial effect on other relationships even with adults.

Your mood swings will only be worsened by the trouble sleeping that many menopausal women suffer from; this can lead to your being tired, distracted, and generally unable to perform the tasks that family members expect you to do, which can lead to confusion and frustration for everyone.

Sleep disruptions can also become a problem for your bed partner; many people find it difficult to share a bed with someone who is sleeping poorly, since their partner’s sleep disruptions affect their own sleep quality to a significant extent.

Headaches Are Not Your Best Friend

Your headaches, another common menopause symptom, are another substantial strain on your relationships although it may not always seem like it. Being irritable due to headache pain is to be expected, but it is fatiguing for everyone involved, as is the process of paying attention to and avoiding headache triggers.

When you are going through menopause, it is very helpful to check in with your family and see how everyone else is handling your changing needs; not only will it help them feel involved with you and your health concerns, it will help everyone understand the other side of the experience and gently relieve the stresses that menopause puts on everyone. Take some time to form plans for dealing with situations before the arise so you can handle your menopause with ease and without stress.

 

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