Perimenopause is a natural transition. It occurs in the years leading up to menopause when a woman’s body undergoes hormonal changes that can cause a several symptoms. Many women feel alone and isolated during this time and social support can play an important role.
Types of Social Support
Social support can come in many forms. These forms include emotional support, practical support, and informational support.
Emotional support refers to the empathy, love, and companionship. Emotional support is received from friends, family, or a partner.
Practical support refers to the tangible assistance. Helping with chores or transportation are examples of practical support. This can help ease the burden of daily life.
Informational support refers to guidance and advice that can help a woman navigate the challenges of perimenopause. Advice on nutrition, exercise, and medical care are examples of informational support.
Research has shown that social support can have significant positive effects. Especially with women experiencing perimenopause. Studies have found that women with strong social support networks have fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overall, they have better mental health. Similarily, social support is also found with less physical symptoms of perimenopause.
Ways to Seek Help
There are many ways that women can seek social support during this hard time. Some find it helpful to discuss shared experiences with their friends or family. Others find support groups of women undergoing perimenopause to be helpful. In those who do not have a strong support network or are going through perimenopause alone, seeking professional help from a mental health professional or a healthcare provider can be beneficial. By building a strong support network, women may find that navigating the challenges of perimenopause is easier.
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Written by Paavana Varanasi