Of all of the different stages of menopause, postmenopause may be one of the more difficult ones to experience. During postmenopause, many women expect to see the worst of their symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, and mood swings, subside. However, this is not always the case. In fact, the symptoms you are currently experiencing may continue into this stage. You may also begin to experience new symptoms, including an increased vulnerability to osteoporosis or certain cancers.
Not only is this challenging for you, this transition may difficult for your loved ones, as well. In some ways, your postmenopause transition could even be harming your relationships with them. In order to improve your relationships, it is important to discuss your postmenopause experience with them. Learn more about how to discuss postmenopause with your family.
Listen to Them
Since you are the one suffering from your symptoms, it can be easy to assume you are going through this alone. However, your family is also affected by your menopausal transition. When discussing postmenopause with them, it is important to listen to their concerns. They may not fully understand what is happening to you. Be open with them and be ready to answer any questions they may have for you. If they see you are actively listening to them, they will be more attentive to your needs, as well.
It is also important to consider that your symptoms may have negatively impacted your relationships with some of your family members. If you have exchanged harsh words with your loved ones due to mood swings, for example, do not be afraid to apologize to them. If you make a sincere effort to mend your relationships, your family will likely react positively to that and forgive you of any past transgressions.
Explain What You Are Going Through
While you are the one experiencing postmenopause, it is important to discuss what you are going through with your family. It may not be immediately obvious to them if you are experiencing certain symptoms, such as hot flashes or fatigue. They are not mind readers, so you need to open up about your experiences. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Odds are they will be incredibly supportive if you open up to them and tell them more about what you are going through.
Practice Open Communication
While postmenopause can be a difficult, even uncomfortable, topic of discussion, it is important to address it before it further impacts your relationships. Keep an open line of communication with your loved ones. This is important not only during this initial discussion, but in the future, as well. That way, if your symptoms are taking their toll on you, your family will be more understanding if you're having a bad day. They can give you the space you need if you need a break or even help you out in unexpected ways.
Keeping the lines of communication open with your family will not only mend your relationships, they can strengthen the bond you have with them in ways you may not have anticipated. By helping them better understand your postmenopause symptoms, you can move forward as a family and not let postmenopause negatively impact your relationships.