Menopause. Perhaps no single word represents so many aspects of physical and emotional changes, questions, challenges and frustrations. For all women, (unless the ovaries were removed before puberty), menopause will be a part of life. Naturally occurring menopause happens when a woman goes 12 months without having a period.
No longer living by a menstrual calendar is only one of the many differences menopausal women experience. It’s the elephant in the room: Sex. How you feel about it, and how it feels to you — physically and emotionally — can be thrown for a loop. Which is why the doctors at Adriatica Women’s Health are here to share how menopause can impact your sex drive. You’ll also learn about solutions that could help you enjoy a healthy sex life again.
How does menopause affect sex drive?
As menopause progresses, women lose the hormones estrogen and testosterone, which are essential for supporting sexual drive and desire. And because every woman is unique, rebalancing your hormone levels may involve treatments such as hormone therapy, including bioidenticals, homeopathic options and surgery, if ultimately needed.
Decreased estrogen levels can also cause vaginal dryness; making intercourse painful.
Many women opt for using lubricants or other temporary solutions. But for long-term relief, more women are choosing MonaLisa Touch®. We perform this safe, quick and gentle procedure in-office at Adriatica Women’s Health.
Other factors that can affect a woman’s sex drive include:
- Bladder control problems or other health concerns
- Interrupted sleep
- Depression, stress or anxiety
Yes, it is possible to enjoy sex during menopause
Menopause doesn’t have to define your sex life. In addition to hormonal treatments and the experienced care of menopause specialists in McKinney, Texas, there are ways to improve your feelings of desire and intimacy. Here are just a few techniques you may want to try:
- Show love – Intimacy doesn’t always involve sex. Try showing your partner love and affection with hugs, back rubs and simply spending time together. Take walks, or have dinner by candlelight.
- Minimize any pain – Avoid sexual positions or routines that cause vaginal pain or irritation. Try taking a warm bath before sex to help you relax, and use vaginal lubricants to help ease pain caused by friction.
- Communicate – Tell your partner what’s comfortable and what’s not.
Don’t let menopause rob you of your sex drive. Adriatica Women’s Health is here for you and ready to help. Call 972-542-8884 to schedule an initial consultation, or use our easy online form to schedule your appointment today.