How Husbands Can Support Partners During Perimenopause

by Tesle Telan

Men typically don’t discuss how difficult it can be for them once their partners experiences perimenopause. So, maybe you can help guide them toward what can become a more rewarding and satisfying relationship – in spite of mood swings, hormonal imbalance and symptoms.

The willingness to stay focused on your desire to maintain a strong relationship as your body changes during perimenopause is key to fine-tuning your bond with your significant other. Because open communication is critical in a relationship, please share this content with your husband or significant other to help them learn a few tips on how to support you during perimenopause. Or any time for that matter.

  1. Don’t take outbursts personally. Due to her hormonal imbalance during perimenopause, your partner may experience mood swings, which sometimes creates a Jekyll and a Hyde. Be extra patient and realize that this is a sensitive time for you both.
  2. Help her get that good night’s sleep. Create a daily schedule or a routine you both can follow so your partner can get the amount of sleep she needs. Insomnia is common during perimenopause. Try to remove the reasons she wakes up to help ensure she gets enough hours of sleep every day. A good night’s sleep will help her mood tremendously.
  3. Support her interests. Do fun things together and enjoy each other’s company. Show interest in her health as well by planning and cooking healthy meals, exercising together and reading books to keep your minds sharp and focused.
  4. Being playful. Planning surprises – yes that’s an oxymoron for you, but not for her – for your partner once in a while can be good way to lift her spirits, too. And likely yours as well.

You may also opt for couples counseling and discussing things with a relationship coach. Not every woman will need heavy-duty support and attention during perimenopause. Showing that you care and that you understand her is the best way to support your partner.

Not every woman will need heavy-duty support and attention during perimenopause. Showing that you care and that you understand her is the best way to support your partner. There are a lot of ways to show that you care; you just need to consider your partner’s personality and the best way you can help her feel your love and support.