balance for Partners
The majority of individuals going through the menopause will experience symptoms, which can affect all aspects of life. In particular, relationships can be put under immense strain during this time, but it doesn’t have to be this way.
We are on a mission to help as many people with their perimenopause and menopause as possible, and we need your support as partners and loved ones.
This page is especially created for you to learn more about the impact of the perimenopause and menopause and find out ways to help those closest to you.Read real life stories
balance for Partners
Acknowledging and prioritising the menopause
Common perimenopause and menopause symptoms
So how can I best help my partner?
Increased awareness of this stage of life is crucial and, more often than not, awareness stems from education.
Many partners know very little about the range of possible ways someone can be affected by the menopause, let alone the long term risks to health that living with a lack of hormones can bring. This is especially the case if your partner themselves hasn’t yet realised that what they’re feeling and experiencing is linked to hormones.
It is easy to look for other reasons for things like mood swings, lack of self-esteem and loss of libido, both in ourselves and in our partners, if we are unaware that they could in fact be due to hormones changing and reducing.
We can think it’s our relationship that’s at fault, while the cause of issues can often be resolved by appropriate supports and medical treatments.
This lack of awareness of the menopause is a cause for issues in a relationship which can plant seeds of doubt in even the healthiest of partnerships.
The resources and tips below have been created to help you understand the perimenopause and menopause, how to approach the topic with your partner and what you can do together to navigate this new chapter.
Top resources for partners
Menopause and Relationships – a guide for partners – Booklet
The menopause happens to over 50% of the population and various symptoms […]
Menopause and relationships [Video]
Dr Rebecca Lewis talks with author Jane Lewis, activist Meg Mathews, and […]
022Menopause for Partners – Leigh Goulding & Dr Louise Newson
Dr Louise Newson chats with a partner of one of her patients Lee Goulding
106Seeing the bigger picture with Men’s Health specialist Dr Jeff Foster
If you have a male partner, this episode is definitely one for […]
What is the menopause? Factsheet
The word menopause literally means when your periods stop. Meno refers to […]
The Difference Between the Menopause and Perimenopause [with sign language]
Dr Louise Newson describes the difference between the Menopause and the Peri-Menopause. […]
036Sex and the Menopause – Samantha Evans & Dr Louise Newson
Dr Louise Newson chats with Samantha Evans, sexual health and pleasure expert
Free menopause support
balance app helps users understand more about their menopause, track symptoms, access personalised expert content, download a Health Report©, share stories in the community and lots more.
Suggesting your partner downloads the app could act as a valuable source of support.