How can I keep menopause from wrecking my marriage or relationship?

Staness Jonekos
Health Education Specialist

Life is constantly changing, and relationships are no different. Have real expectations and acknowledge that your relationship goes through transitions. This will help you weather difficult times. Other suggestions include:

  1. Track your menopause symptoms and discuss treatment options with your healthcare provider.
  2. Make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Exercise most days of the week. Eat nutritious meals. Watch portions.
  3. Update your beauty regimen.
  4. Build a support group. Find friends going through the same thing, share information, lend support and compare experiences. The more your partner understands your menopausal journey, the more supported you may feel regarding your insecurities.
  5. Communicate with your partner. Don’t shut them out—let them know what you need. Understand they may be confused by your changes.
  6. If you are not happy in your current relationship, discuss counseling.
  7. Be receptive to creative adjustments in lovemaking activities.
  8. If your libido is low and/or you are suffering from vaginal dryness, discuss your treatment options with your healthcare practitioner. There are hormone and non-hormone options available.
  9. Pamper yourself.
  10. Try to stay positive.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.