What Katy area women wish their men knew about menopause
Menopause is a trying time in a woman’s life. Part of the challenge is dealing with the perceptions of loved ones, while adjusting to internal and external changes. As a male/female Ob-Gyn team, Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae lend a unique perspective to help women manage this stage of life. They find that patients in the Katy area often wish their partners better understood these important aspects of menopause.
- It isn’t necessarily better than having menstrual cycles. While menopause eventually frees a woman from the inconvenience of periods, symptoms can be compared to long-term PMS.
- The whole body changes. Even for thin, fit women, apples of the cheeks may sag to jowls, pudge refuses to budge around the waist, and labia enlarges. It takes a woman a little while to accept her new self.
- Metabolism slows. She may not be able to indulge in your tradition of pizza and brew night anymore without adding pounds.
- Mood swings are not directed at you, and aren’t in her control. That fact alone adds to anger and frustration. Talking openly and calmly about triggers helps to avoid them.
- Libido and sexual pleasure are changing along with the rest of her body. This has a tremendous impact on how she sees herself, as well as the intimacy you share. Approach this from the perspective of “What is best for us as a couple?”
- The combination of physical and emotional transformation can have a devastating effect on confidence. She remains a beautiful person – now and then, remind her of that.
Embarrassment, social taboos, and misperception allow menopause to become an isolating situation. Like any other challenge in a relationship, it is best weathered with compassion and respect, and when necessary, professional advice. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae are here to help. Call 855 346 8610.