Menopause is a significant milestone in a woman’s life. This is a time when your body changes, and with it, your sex drive may also change. Some women think that menopause means the end of intimacy, but this is not the case. It’s important to understand these changes and how to manage them so that you can maintain a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Sexual Changes During Menopause
Not every woman notices a change in sexual function during menopause. The experience is different for every woman. During this time, estrogen levels drop which can lead to a decreased sex drive. It can also decrease blood flow to the vagina which can cause dryness and discomfort during intercourse. Other symptoms can affect a woman’s libido, including:
- Hot flashes
- Mood changes
- Anxiety & stress
- Sleeping problems
- Night sweats
- Weight gain
- Urinary problems
Menopause Treatment Options
There are ways to manage menopause symptoms and regain control of your sex drive. First, stick to a healthy diet and lifestyle that includes adequate exercise. If you are having problems, talk to your partner to discuss changes that could help overcome your concerns. Counseling is also available to help you both understand and adapt.
Hormone therapy is an effective solution, but one that you should discuss with your gynecologist. It can come with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Some women also try to apply relaxation techniques, masturbation, and sensual massage. Changing positions during sex can also have a positive effect.
A doctor can provide recommendations to help you continue to enjoy sex after menopause. Contact your Women’s Health and Menopause Center gynecologist to make an appointment today.