Has your sexual desire decreased since menopause?
In general, sex drive gradually decreases with age in both men and women, but women are likely to be more affected than men. This is mainly due to the effects of the mental and physical changes which take place during menopause.
The loss of estrogen can lead to changes in a woman’s sexual functioning. Emotional changes such as depression, anxiety and fatigue, also add to low libido problems, as well as a difficulty, or inability, to get aroused.
Many women experience problems with sexual function from time to time, and during or after menopause, these issues may be exacerbated. When the problems are persistent, they can cause distress for the woman and her partner, and have a negative impact on the relationship.
Some facts menopausal women need to know
Many factors can contribute to low libido problems in a woman, especially when going through menopause. Here are some of them.
- During menopause, the effects of falling estrogen levels such as hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, can undermine motivation and sex drive.
- Women also need a certain amount of testosterone, and the age-related decrease of this hormone, may also reduce desire and sexual sensation while you are still in the midst of menopause.
- Due to a lack of estrogen, your vagina may become dry and less elastic, which can lead to painful intercourse. This is a sure-fire passion killer.
- For many women, a gradual decline in sexual desire does not have a major impact on their overall sexuality or quality of life. However, for others the lack of desire or sexual satisfaction causes a great deal of distress. It may lead to a feeling of low self-esteem, general unhappiness with life in general, as well as anxiety and depression.
- Beware of an increased risk of vaginal infection, especially if you are not using a lubricant. Because of dryness, the vaginal tissue may be more open to sexually transmitted infections than before.
- Some women have reported an increase in sexuality after going through menopause. This is often attributed to being freed from contraception concerns, or newly-gifted privacy if the children have left home.
- Menopausal symptoms have been known to begin as early as 35, and continue to around 64 years of age.
All of these symptoms are treatable. Many can be eased by hormone replacement therapy, and also by natural means. There is no need to grow old and cold – allowing menopause to destroy your relationship, or your marriage, and possibly even your life!
Always visit your doctor to establish whether there could be an underlying medical condition, which may be making the situation worse.
The ingredients for a great sex life as you age
If you have always enjoyed a satisfying sex life, there is no reason for it to change just because you are growing older, or going through menopause. The key to maintaining a certain level of desire, is to have the desire fulfilled by the same loving, considerate partner who is aware of your needs.
This can only happen if you share a close relationship of love, trust, and have excellent communication with each other. Always try to find ways to express sensual or sexual feelings with your partner, and not take each other for granted.
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