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How menopause affects attitude towards sex

April 22, 2009

Each woman differs in her attitude towards sex during and after menopause.  Unlike the earlier days, menopausal women are now understood and viewed as ‘females’ with sexual urges and desires. But still, many menopausal women are found to face a lot of problems on the sexual front.

They need to encounter with many psychological and physiological problems such as mood swings, hot flashes, depression, and vaginal dryness. These factors prevent women from enjoying their sex life as they once used to.

However, do not panic and be reminded that you are not alone. With a little effort, you can easily boost your libido and will feel at home with your changing body.

It is quite natural for your sex drive to droop down steadily once you attain menopause. The major reason behind the diminished libido is decreased production of the female hormone oestrogen.

Along with oestrogen, other hormones such as progesterone and testosterone are also produced at a lower pace. Lack of oestrogen prevents the woman from experiencing heightened sensitivity during sexual intercourse.

Progesterone and testosterone are also associated with boosting sexual desire. They also help in keeping the vaginal area lubricated.

Vaginal dryness is yet another disorder that is characterised by the menopausal period. As a woman attains menopause, her vagina becomes too delicate and  is unable to tolerate penetration. Declining of the oestrogen level prevent increased blood flow from making its way to the pelvis.

This eventually makes the vaginal walls thinned and the resultant lubrication will also be lessened. Less lubrication makes sex a painful experience.

Spotting after sex is also likely.  Pain during intercourse prevents many a woman from attaining sexual satisfaction.

Constantly occurring physical imbalances such as hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia make menopausal women tired and irritable.

They are likely to be fatigued by the end of the day. Constant mood swings prevents them from enjoying the thrill of pre-planned sex. Certain antidepressants taken as part of hormone regulatory medication are also found to result in lowered sex drive.

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