Embracing Change Together: Navigating Relationships Through the Menopause Transition

Dr. Liz 💖Connection Coach💖
2 min readApr 24, 2024


Menopause isn’t just a phase; it’s a profound life transition filled with surprises and changes that can rock our emotional landscape and relationships.

As a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified connection coach, I’ve seen firsthand how menopause can shake the very foundations of our closest bonds. But amidst the confusion and challenges, there’s a silver lining — a unique opportunity to deepen our connections with our partners and ourselves. So, let’s embark on this journey together, knowing that support and understanding are just a conversation away.

Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster

The menopause journey is like a rollercoaster ride of emotions. From the relief of bidding farewell to menstrual discomfort to the bittersweet realization of fertility fading away, it’s a whirlwind of feelings that can profoundly impact how we see ourselves and relate to others.

It’s normal for irritability, sadness, or loss to spill over into our interactions with partners, kids, and friends.

Navigating Through Communication

In the stormy seas of menopause, communication is our anchor. Partners need to be open and honest about the changes they’re experiencing — not just the physical symptoms but also the emotional rollercoaster accompanying them.

Here are a few tips for fostering open communication:

  • Regular Check-ins: Set aside time to talk about feelings and experiences, recognizing that they can change rapidly during menopause.
  • Educate Together: Knowledge is power! Learning about menopause together can demystify changes and reduce stress.
  • Seek Support: Sometimes, seeking the guidance of a professional or joining a support group can provide invaluable tools and perspectives for gracefully navigating the menopause transition.

Redefining Intimacy

Menopause isn’t just about hot flashes and mood swings; it’s also an opportunity to redefine intimacy. Physical changes may require us to explore new ways of connecting with our partners, but understanding that change is a natural part of this life stage can lead to a deeper, more fulfilling connection.

Embracing the New Phase

Menopause isn’t the end — it’s a new beginning. It’s a chance to reinvent ourselves and our relationships, to embrace the wisdom and experience that come with age. With the right mindset, menopause can be a time of incredible growth and satisfaction. So, let’s face this new phase with optimism and hope, knowing that the best is yet to come.

As we navigate these choppy waters, remember that you’re not alone. I’m here to support you through this journey with expertise, empathy, and a listening ear. Visit me on Facebook or Instagram for more insights and support, or hop on a Couple’s Connection Call to explore how we can strengthen your relationships during menopause. Together, we’ll weather the storm and emerge more vital.

Don’t hesitate to reach out — I’m here to help you navigate the menopause transition confidently and gracefully.



Dr. Liz 💖Connection Coach💖

💖Dr Liz Jenkins 💖Connection Coach | Helping couples repair + reconnect with Couples Smart Restart™ 💕 75k hrs of exp | 35 yrs married | LMFT + Cert Coach