How Does Menopause Affect Your Sex Life?

Menopause, Sex, Couples, Happy

There’s a lot of stigma around women’s sexual desire and satisfaction, particularly for older women who are going through the effects of menopause. And as a result, many women are hesitant to discuss these topics.

Here at Solace Women’s Care, we believe in pushing past that stigma so that we can address and ultimately treat what is honestly a common problem that’s experienced by so many women.

Why can sexual desire decrease during menopause?

The first step in treating a side effect is understanding the root cause. Your sexual desire can decrease during menopause because of the physical effects of falling estrogen levels, including hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness.

And while it’s not a direct correlation, decreasing testosterone can also reduce desire, particularly when it comes to drive and sensation.  

What can I do to keep my sexual drive during menopause?

Losing your sexual drive as you go through menopause can be discouraging, but there are many things that you can do to boost desire and your overall well-being:

Stay active  

Being physically active can improve your energy levels, overall mood and body image, which is incredibly beneficial in maintaining your desire.

Avoid or quit smoking

Smoking cigarettes can reduce blood flow to the vagina and decrease the effects of estrogen, which ultimately makes it difficult to become aroused.

Engage in sexual activities more often

Having regular sexual relations can increase blood flow to the vagina and help keep the tissues healthy.

Allow time for arousal

Increased lubrication from arousal protects delicate vaginal tissues and can make sex more comfortable.

Do pelvic floor exercises  

Practicing these exercises can increase vaginal blood flow and strengthen the muscles used during orgasm.

Talk to your partner

While this might be a tough subject to bring up for many women, discussing the issue with your partner can strengthen both your relationship and your sex life.  

Talk to your doctor  

There are many treatment options that your doctor can recommend, including medications, creams, lubricants and other types of therapies.

What to do next

We understand that this can be a difficult topic to approach. That’s why at Solace Women’s Care, we approach the topic with compassion and care. We take the time to listen to all of your concerns so that we can address your issues with desire in a proactive way.

Take the first steps in treating your menopausal symptoms and take back control of your intimate life. Book an appointment with Dr. Farly Sejour, MD, FACOG, today.

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