MENOPAUSE AND RELATIONSHIPS

 

The menopause is a time of transition for all women and it can create difficulties in relationships. Often women feel guilty for changes in their bodies which they cannot control and withdraw from their partner who, in turn, may feel rejected and unloved. This can create a downward spiral with deteriorating levels of communication and increasing distance between the partners.

 

Counselling can help by improving communication within partners and by looking at alternative ways to maintain and increase intimacy and closeness.

 

MENOPAUSE AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

 

Hormonal fluctuations during the menopause can contribute to generating low mood and anxiety. External factors such children leaving home, caring for ageing parents and the loss of youth can trigger a series of negative thoughts which can affect your mood negatively.

 

Counselling can help lower anxiety levels, look at the world in a more realistic way and set achievable goals.