Theory: Menopause a Leading Cause of Divorce

Why do couples divorce? Here’s a theory you may not have heard before.


An American psychiatrist posits that hormonal changes associated with menopause, among other things, reduce women’s tendencies to foster harmony in the home and increase moodiness and sensitivity.

Statistics reveal that divorces of couples over forty are more likely to be started by the wife. These statistics are compatible with this psychiatrist’s theory.

This theory seems to fly in the face of the proverbial male “midlife crisis” as the cause of post-40 marital breakups.

But it may be tempting to imagine that skyrocketing divorce rates may be “cured” by hormone therapy.

Read more in this Sydney Morning Herald article: Menopause may prompt divorce.