5 Things Women Wish Their Partners Knew About Menopause
If you’re going through perimenopause or menopause, it’s probably never far from your mind. Who can forget about night sweats, hot flashes, and overwhelming fatigue? To ease the burden, it would really help if your spouse or partner knew exactly what you needed—space, a cold drink, a break from household chores—but nobody’s a mind reader, and sometimes it’s tough to express our wants and needs.
“Partners should know that talking about menopause and menopause symptoms can be challenging, and it’s important that women feel empowered to open up so they don’t feel alone,” says Rebecca C. Brightman, M.D., a gynecologist in private practice and an assistant clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.
To help make everyone feel a little less alone (and maybe even to strengthen relationships), real women share five pieces of menopause advice for partners to help them better understand what they’re going through.