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Millions of men could suffer from their partner’s menopause

Millions of men can suffer from their partner’s menopause due to mood swings, a poll suggests

  • Survey surveyed 1,500 women and 500 male partners about menopause
  • About a third of the women said they had mood swings
  • But more than three-quarters of the men said their partner was moody
  • Men want women to share their problems and are willing to be supportive, but often feel left out and suffer from it, the study claims

Millions of British men can also suffer from their partner’s menopause, a survey suggests.

Health supplement company FutureYou Cambridge surveyed 1,500 menopausal women and 500 male partners.

About a third of the women said they had mood swings. But more than three-quarters (77 percent) of the men said they had seen a change in their partner’s mood.

And while men were willing to discuss their partner’s issues, they often feel “left out.”

Millions of British men can also suffer from their partner's menopause, a survey suggests. (stock)

Millions of British men can also suffer from their partner’s menopause, a survey suggests. (stock)

The study found that, in general, hot flashes, night sweats, and sleep problems were the most common symptoms of menopause.

The symptoms are caused by a change in the balance of sex hormones, which usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

As many as 61 percent of women say the symptoms of their hormonal changes have a huge effect on their lives and those around them.

WHAT ARE THE TOP SYMPTOMS REPORTED BY WOMEN?

Hot flashes: 59 percent

Night sweats: 51 percent

Sleeping problems: 40 percent

Weight gain and slowed metabolism: 36 percent

Mood swings: 33 percent

Low moods: 29 percent

Lower sex drive: 29 percent

Irregular periods: 29 percent

Vaginal dryness: 27 percent

Bad mood: 23 percent

Symptoms have a huge impact on their daily lives and many admit that they feel overheated, irritated, tired and stressed all the time.

Men reported a change in the mood or behavior of their loved ones at higher levels than the women.

Half of the men said their partners lost intimacy, while 29 percent of the women reported it.

More than three-quarters of men say their other half has become moody, while 40 percent say, “She always seems tired.”

Research by FutureYou Cambridge shows that a third of women are unable to talk to their partners about how to manage their symptoms and are more likely to discuss menopause with their friends or their doctor.

About 44 percent of women still think that menopause is a taboo that nobody wants to talk about.

Nearly a third of women say it makes them more aware of their age, making them more emotional (22 percent) and more anxious (18 percent) than they used to be.

WHAT IS THE MENOPAUSE?

Menopause is defined as the changes a woman goes through just before and after she has stopped her period and is no longer able to conceive naturally.

Some women experience this time with few or no symptoms, about 60 percent experience symptoms that lead to changes in behavior, and one in four will suffer severely.

Common symptoms include hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness leading to discomfort during sex, disturbed sleep, decreased sex drive, memory problems and concentration and mood swings.

Menopause occurs when your ovaries stop producing so much of the hormone estrogen and stop releasing an egg every month.

In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, according to the NHS.

However, men want women to share their problems and are willing to be supportive, but often feel left out and say they also suffer because of this, the company says.

Dr. Miriam Ferrer, head of product development at FutureYou said, “We have seen a move to remove the stigma of many conditions, but menopause has been missed.

“Our survey shows that while women are clearly the major menopausal sufferers, the people around them are also affected.

“There should be more discussion about menopause that can hopefully lead to an understanding of what women are going through and a more positive experience.

“We should all talk more about menopause – half the world will experience it and the other half will experience some consequences.

‘That’s why we think it’s such an important new range for us. Women shouldn’t suffer in silence – talk to your partner, your kids, your friends and let them know how you feel. ‘

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