How To Deal With Menopause And Become More Active In Bed
Menopause is not a disease, but rather the point in a woman’s life at which she is no longer fertile, and menstrual periods have ceased. During this time, ovulation stops and estrogen hormones drop. Menopause can be accompanied by physical symptoms in some women, like hot flashes or night sweats. Menopause is the time point at which a woman has not had a menstrual period for 12 months.
Age is the most common factor that influences menopause. The ovaries gradually lose their ability to produce hormones and ovulate with advancing age. There are other causes of menopause such as surgeries and medical treatments. These causes include removal of the ovaries, chemotherapy for cancer, and radiation therapy to the pelvis.
Menopause may have some negative effects on sexual function. Each woman’s experience of menopause is unique, not all women have the same symptoms or experience symptoms with the same degree of severity.
Decreases in estrogen levels after menopause can cause a decrease in libido. Vaginal dryness is another symptom of menopause that can have an impact on sexual function. Other symptoms of menopause, such as trouble sleeping and mood swings, can also interfere with enjoyment of sexual activity.
Just as every women experience menopause differently, women may or may not experience changes in sexual function after menopause. Since estrogen levels are lower after menopause, some women may notice that their libido, or sex drive, is decreased.
Low estrogen levels can also lead to a decreased blood flow to the vagina, resulting in difficulty with lubrication or in dryness which can make sexual intercourse less pleasant and painful for many women.
However, not all women report negative changes in sexual function after menopause. For example, some women may find sex to be more pleasurable without the fear of unwanted pregnancy or without the potential stresses of having small children.
For a woman to heighten and improve her sexual function and desire during and after menopause, the use of systemic hormone therapy or vaginal estrogen therapy can diminish vaginal dryness and decrease any discomfort associated with sexual intercourse. Hormone therapy and water-soluble lubricants are two ways to help relieve vaginal dryness associated with menopause.
For women or couples who are struggling to understand and accept the changes in sexual function that may accompany menopause, counseling can be an option. It is important for a woman to talk to her partner about the changes that are happening to her body. Some couples try counseling on an individual basis or as a couple.