Effects of Menopause on Marriage

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jun 27, 2011

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Depress coupleMenopause is a crucial period in any woman's life. During this time, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone. The menstruation cycles become less frequent and eventually they stop. During menopause and perimenopause, women experience various psychological and physiological complications that do affect marriage.


Sex Drive


Decreased libido has an adverse effect on marriage. According to Denise A. Donnelly, an expert on sexless marriages – couples who have more sex are happier than others. During menopause, low sex drive can take away the intimacy from your relationship and increase the probability of conflicts.


Physical Changes


Physical changes during menopause can lower the self-esteem of women and alter the way their partner perceives them. Weight gain and thinning hair are the two side effects of menopause that can hamper the self-confidence of any lady. Marriages that are based only on physical attraction are much likely to suffer due to physical changes during menopause.


Mood Swings


Another menopause symptom that has a telling effect on marriages is mood swings. Couples find it difficult to deal with this moodiness. Mood swings are the resultant factor of hormonal changes during menopause. A woman's mood may frequently fluctuate from being depressed, irritated, and sad to extremely peaceful and calm.


Dealing with the effects of Menopause on Marriage


Hormone replacement therapy and low intensity antidepressants are effective ways of dealing with the annoying menopause symptoms. However, hormone replacement therapy has certain associated side effects (risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer and heart diseases).


Certain alteration in the lifestyle of women helps in easing the symptoms of menopause. A balanced diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep are helpful in decreasing the severity of symptoms.


Menopause not only affects marriage, it also affects various other aspects of a woman’s life. All her relationships and daily work may also take a hit due to menopause. A supportive husband can make all the difference i.e. provide needed emotional support, help the relationship and save the marriage from falling apart. The main idea is not to look at menopause as a problem; instead remember that it is a phase that will pass with time. 


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  • dawn14 Nov 2013

    all very interesting, but when you have a husband who is so self centred and all hes interested in is sex, and obviously i cant be bothered...im apparently having an affair with anyone and everyone, im a slut and a slag and he thinks i should just lie down and take it interested in sex or not, now how can my marriage survive with this kind of attitude.

  • hk08 Dec 2012

    how to regeneate interest in sex in women of age 45 yrs

  • donahelaine21 May 2012

    Really helpful and practical information. I visited all parts of education and you are quite right that many phase come to women life when she experiencing menopause. But when i visit this http://www.menopause-support.org/ site found it informative and helpful.