(Reuters Health) – Overall, men know the transition through menopause can bring difficult symptoms for their wife or partner and that there may be ways to ease some of them, a small survey suggests.
But if men knew more about the symptoms and therapeutic options, they might feel less negatively affected by their partner’s transition and be better able to help her decide on whether to seek treatment that could help, the study authors write in the medical journal Menopause.
“Sometimes women suffer in silence, and this gets to the idea of sharing that experience with someone close to them who can help improve quality of life,” said Dr. Sharon Parish of New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, New York, who led the study.
“It’s important for couples to understand each other’s lives and share decision-making about treatment options,” she said in a phone interview.
Parish and colleagues recruited more than 450 men to take a 35-question survey that gauged their…
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