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The Men in Your Life

Opening up about menopause can feel daunting, but it's important to have a supportive partner by your side at home or at work.

 

Here are some tips for talking to the men in your life (your partner, your boss, co-worker) about your experience:

 

Pick the right moment: Find a relaxed time when you can both focus on the conversation. Avoid bringing it up during stressful situations.

 

Start with the basics: Briefly explain what menopause is and the hormonal changes happening in your body. The NAMS site is a great place to start.

 

Focus on how you feel: Share the specific symptoms that are bothering you the most, whether it's hot flashes, mood swings, or sleep problems.

 

Be open and honest: Let him know how these symptoms are affecting your daily life and your emotions.

 

Focus on solutions: Discuss ways he can support you. Maybe it's helping with chores, offering a cold drink during hot flashes, or researching natural remedies together.

At the workplace, ask for accommodations like a desk fan, frequent breaks or a later start time.

 

Reassure him: It's important to emphasize that this is a temporary phase and it's not him, it's you.

 

Use resources: Share reliable articles or websites about menopause to help him understand it better [e.g., WebMD's Guys' Guide to Menopause].

 

Remember, it's a team effort: Frame the conversation as working together to navigate this change.

 

Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

 

  • Not all men are created equal: Some men might be very receptive and others might need more time to adjust. Be patient.  

  • Focus on the positive: Talk about how you can use this time to explore new activities or strengthen your bond.  

By having an open and honest conversation, you can build a stronger and more supportive relationship during this transition at home or at work.





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