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3 Ways to Lend a Helping Hand during Your Partner's Menopausal Mood Swings

During menopause the body goes through a lot of changes. Many of the changes that occur during are caused by fluctuating levels of hormones. If your partner is going through menopause, it is likely she will be dealing with symptoms like vaginal dryness, headaches, hot flashes, and mood swings. As her partner, mood swings can be very difficult to deal with; it seems like nothing you do is right, but there are ways to help you and her deal with her menopausal mood swings. Read on for three top methods.

Communicate

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Trying to communicate with a menopausal woman mid-mood swing may seem impossible. Just relax and be patient and understanding. It is vital that you show your partner that you're concerned about her needs and can empathize with her. While you can't physically experience what she is feeling, it may help her to know that you want to support her. This may help to relieve her mood swings and other stress-related symptoms of menopause.

Get Out of the House!

It's Sunday, all is quiet, and then unexpectedly, you're yelled at for sipping your coffee too loudly. If you know this irritates her, then stop. Otherwise, if the sudden outburst was random and she has never complained of slurping before, give her some space. She may need to calm down and you both may need a break from each other.If you know she gets a bit crabby, give her some space.

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Or, if you know that she tends to be irritable on certain days, don't exacerbate her sensitive state by being around her all day. Instead, plan time to get out of the house so you can both relax.

Learn to Cook

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Every relationship depends on cooperation and compromise. This is especially true when your partner is going through menopause. Some of her mood swings may be caused by fluctuating levels of hormones in her body and others may be related to stress. Perhaps she is dealing with too much and doesn't want to cook one night. Let her rest while you cook for a change. She will appreciate the effort you have made to help and support her. Click on the link below to learn more about treatments for menopausal mood swings.

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  • Dr. Love, Susan, and Karen Lindsey. Dr. Susan Love's Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.
  • Molecular Psychiatry. "Estrogen Promotes Gender Difference in Brain's Response to Stress". Retrieved from www.psycheducation.org.
  • The Health Center.(n.d)."Adult Mood Swings".Retrieved from www.thehealthcenter.info.