As women get older and enter into menopause, it’s no secret that their sex drive starts to diminish. Lower levels of estrogen and testosterone during this change in a woman’s life can lead to a lot of physical, mental, and emotional changes – including their desire for sex and the ability to be aroused.
Many menopausal women notice that they are not as sensitive to touching and certain actions that perhaps allowed to them become easily aroused in the past. It’s not uncommon, and most women notice this change during menopause and as they enter that season of life.
In fact, a national survey found that sexual activity fell quickly with age. Less than half of women between the ages of 57 to 73 said they were sexually active, and those who were, reportedly engaged in sex less than twice a month.
Women need to explore the emotional, physical, and perhaps even medical factors that may interrupt their sexual desires. There are therapies available to address these issues, as well as natural remedies to help.
How Does Menopause Affect Libido?
During menopause, hormonal shifts occur that result in lower levels of estrogen in a woman’s body. This can cause blood supplies to drop en route to the vagina, affecting lubrication and making sex uncomfortable and even painful.
While this is a leading suspect in a sudden decline in libido, there are plenty of other issues and medical concerns that may affect a woman’s interest in sex during menopause – and even after.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Bladder control issues
- Sleep disturbances
- Depression and/or anxiety
- Chronic Pain & other health concerns
Treating Vaginal Dryness
During menopause & as you notice that your libido is lowering, you may also notice some vaginal dryness. This certainly contributes to the lack of interest in sex. However, over-the-counter water-soluble lubricants can be used to decrease pain and make sex pleasurable for both you and your partner.
Estrogen therapies can also be used to help increase and manage moisture in the vagina. Talk to your doctor if you think that may be helpful!
Improving Your Libido
While there are medications for women to help boost their sex drive (much like the little blue pills for men!), there are other solutions for women that come with far fewer side effects.
Focus on the body – inside and out!
Implementing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, sleep, and a balanced diet and give you just the boost of self-confidence you need to kickstart your sexual desire. Loving yourself first can help!
Talk to your partner about your changing needs and sexual desires. Women often find it easier to talk with a doctor – because a lack of sex or sexual problems can cause mental issues and physical roadblocks. Sometimes individual or couples therapy can help reignite the flame and find ways to become intimate again.
Think About Sex
The saying goes – mind over matter. A woman’s brain is still her most sexual organ. Think about sex and paint mental images of sexually arousing things. Thinking about it can actually make it happen more often.
Age isn’t ever an issue – continue engaging in sexual activity as long as you and your partner wish! Sex on a regular basis can actually help maintain vaginal health and lubrication – which can make things more comfortable and satisfying.
Even the most compatible couples experience a change in sexual activity as both partners age and enter new phases of life. Keep the luster alive by doing things you and your partner enjoyed doing in the beginning of your relationship. Recreating the mood and atmosphere can set the stage for romance.
Contact the professionals at CleopatraRX to discuss how you can help regulate hormones as you enter the next phase of your life. Fill out the form below to get started: