Guide to menopause and how to deal with women who go through it
Are you having an increased number of fights with your mom these days? Do you feel she is getting moody day by day? And misters, do you find your wife behaving differently lately, probably anxious, depressed or irritable? Does she say no to sex now? If you feel that your mom or wife is behaving really awkward of late and it's getting hard to handle; stop for a minute and think before reacting. The poor woman in your life has probably not turned into a monster but is really going through something serious. We are talking about the ‘menopause'. Now most of the young guys or girls may not know what menopause exactly is or how to handle a person going through it. So we have got you the ultimate guide to help you take better control of the situation.
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If you want a solution for something, it's important to know what it is like for real. And since you can't put yourself in the shoes of women going through menopause, we are here to help you figure out what actually happens when one goes through it. Basically, menopause is that time in a woman's life, when it's been a full year since she last got her periods. Scientifically speaking, menopause is when a woman's ovaries stop producing any more eggs, which means she stops getting her periods altogether. It is the end of a woman's menstrual cycle and fertility.
Also, menopause doesn't happen overnight, it takes several years to reach the stage when the ovaries stop releasing the eggs. This phase that gradually leads to menopause is termed as ‘perimenopause' wherein the ovaries of the woman gradually produce less estrogen. Its nature's way of saying that her system is no more in a condition to reproduce. Women going through menopause suffer from various disturbing symptoms, which may affect their behaviour temporarily.
Some of the symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, loss of libido, vaginal dryness and irritation, mood swings, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, irritability, memory lapses, incontinence, joint pains etc. Most of these can be really trying for the woman going through them so she needs the help and support of her near and dear ones. Hormonal imbalance can also make her weak and at this stage if she doesn't get the support of her family then there are chances of her going into depression that could further make matters worse. So as a family member you must realize your responsibility towards your respective mothers or wives and deal with them with much more care and concern. You must realise that it is not easy to deal with these bodily and hormonal changes and hence, they should not be blamed for the sourness that may have crawled into your relationship.
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As family members, you must show some sensitivity towards your mother/wife if she is going through menopausal symptoms such as those mentioned above. If you feel she is getting moody, stay away or if that's not possible try to ignore anything hurtful that she may utter. Give her the space she needs. Do not argue with her over petty issues even if she may start the argument. Try and convince her to get some sort of treatment to deal with the most painful and difficult symptoms like breast pain, or insomnia. Be positive around them. As the spouse or children of a woman with menopausal symptoms it's essential to remember that there might be certain symptoms which are unavoidable and get frustrating. So you must care for her and make it easy for her instead of being at loggerheads with her in the sensitive phase.
We hope you find this helpful and would be glad to answer any related questions that you may have.