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Relationships: The Menopause Test

As you’ve probably figured out by now, menopause can wreak some serious havoc on your mind, body, and relationships. Which actually might not be such a bad thing. If this sound familiar to you, Dr. Hyman, a functional medicine expert known for the Ultra-wellness series and one of Dr. Ozs favorite guests, recommends that you take a peak at The Wisdom of Menopause, a menopause wellness guide by Christine Northrup, MD. One thing she points out is how a Menopaused Mind can actually offer you a creative and social renaissance!



Here’s an excerpt from Dr. Northrup’s book that Dr. Hyman highlights in his most recent post:

“It is no secret that relationship crises are a common side effect of menopause. Usually this is attributed to the crazy-making effects of the hormonal shifts occurring in a woman’s body at this time of transition. What is rarely acknowledged or understood is that as these hormone-driven changes affect the brain, they give a woman a sharper eye for inequity and injustice, and a voice that insists on speaking up about them. In other words, they uncover hidden wisdom—and the courage to voice it. As the vision-obscuring veil created by the hormones of reproduction begins to lift, a woman’s youthful fire and spirit are often rekindled, together with long-sublimated desires and creative drives. Midlife fuels those drives with a volcanic energy that demands an outlet.

“If it does not find an outlet—if the woman remains silent for the sake of keeping the peace at home or work, or if she holds herself back from pursuing her creative urges and desires—the result is equivalent to plugging the vent on a pressure cooker: Something has to give. Very often what gives is the woman’s health, and the result will be one or more of the “big three” diseases of postmenopausal women: heart disease, depression, and breast cancer. On the other hand, for those of us who choose to honor the body’s wisdom and to express what lies within us, it’s a good idea to get ready for some boat rocking, which may put long-established relationships in upheaval. Marriage is not immune to this effect.”

Check out the rest of Dr. Hyman’s post for Dr. Northrup’s tips on navigating those stormy social waters.


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6 Responses to “Relationships: The Menopause Test”

  1. Esti says:

    Hooray! Finally proof that I’m not going nuts that I can show my family! Thanks for this post. I love Dr. Oz!

  2. Brenda says:

    Creative urges and desires?? Whoohoo!

  3. Laura Baker says:

    I just love dr. oz. Is there anything he can’t do?!?

  4. Debbie says:

    I can certainly relate! Just recently after a long time on the fence took the plunge and changed my life 360. My only regret is that I waited so long to do it! I feel SO much better and my social circle has been surprisingly supportive. I think I started a trend! Great site!

  5. Sheila says:

    OMG!!! I’ve felt like I was cracking up questioning my marriage after 20 years. But after a quick ‘google’ and finding the above excerpt I feel I’m not mad after all! Not liking the boat rocking but at least I know I’m normal…. Thank you!

  6. Chris says:

    Thank you so much! Finally, something worth reading about menopause. I am so close to leaving my husband over our incompatiblity. We fight over everything! It is so true that all of those things you let go of to not”rock the boat” in the marriage, are no longer tolerated…which makes for a volitile relationship for me. Where I have patience, he instantly blows up and swears his head off in front of our kids. I don’t have the luxury of letting my irritability, and anger toward him show. I am the “pressure cooker” that will one day soon explode.

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