Menopause represents an absence of menstrual periods for at least 12 months, which in most cases turns out to be permanent. It happens to women in 40s and 50s, and it carries other consequences along. Both testosterone and estrogen are decreased, and because of that lot of other processes in the body, usually regulated by hormones, can be disrupted as well, until adapted to changes that have occurred. This also indicates that women will not be able to give birth anymore. There are few symptoms that could be associated with menopause occurrences, such as problems with sleep, hot flashes, and constant mood swings. Those symptoms of menopause can vary, and some have, and some do not have them, but no one can deny that people around women in menopause are in some kind affected as well. Along with other things, menopause can disturb healthy sex life, as lowered sex drive is registered in most women during menopause. The question related to this is, how to maintain a healthy sex life and is it possible at all?
What causes lowered sex drive?
Many menopausal women can notice that they do not get as easily aroused, as before, and they are less sensitive to touching as well. So all this causes less interest in sex, as no one wants to do something that they might not enjoy. Along with this, estrogen levels are lower, and blood supply to the vagina is much lower as well, causing possible dryness, which can lead to painful sex. There are some other factors that can influence lowered sex drive, those being:
Anxiety, stress; sleep problems
Medication side effects; health concerns
Bladder control problems
Though the loss of sex drive is common in menopausal women, as already mentioned, not all women that experience menopause have lowered sex drive. To be more concrete, some have increased libido, due to less anxiety of staying pregnant, and greater relaxation exactly because they know that now their sex life is not all about having a child.
How to cope with lowered sex drive?
So as we said, some women experience lower and some experience increased sex drive. If you experience increased sex drive, great, you should be happy with yourself, just do not over force. As for the women that have lowered libido, the situation is a bit more complicated, but there are still ways to return libido back to normal.
So the first thing that you should be doing is increasing intimacy with your partner. If sex is currently not that great of an option, go out for a dinner, watch a movie together, spend quality time. In no time you will realize that you are much more interested in him than you were earlier, which can increase libido as well. Also, do not shy from experimenting. Read some erotic books or videos, and try changing your sexual routines.
Another great way to cope with lowered sexual drive is actual to eliminate one of the biggest symptoms and those are anxiety and stress. Try to relax in your spare time, do things that you enjoy, and even consider including yoga or meditation in your daily routine, as that can greatly aid you. Take prescribed medications if you have to, but it is better to get rid of it naturally.
The third thing you may want to do is to start exercising regularly. Exercise is widely recognized as a way to cope with many problems and lowered sex drive is one. First, you will be getting better feeling and image about yourself, and also the hormones that are released, called endorphins, will make you happy. Along with that, it improves circulation, meaning that it can increase blood supply to the vagina, making it less dry.
Of course, if you are experiencing vaginal dryness, there are few things you might want to try, but your best guess it to invest in a quality lubricant. Also, you might avoid washing your intimate part with soaps, gels and oils as those have been proven to increase vaginal dryness.
If nothing of this works for you, then consult a doctor, who will probably prescribe you some estrogen replacement therapy. Though approach this with caution.
Women experience menopause in age between 40 and 50, and that age can be the most pleasant during the life of a woman. Let’s take a guess, that till then, a woman will have at least one child probably in teenage years, a good job, and happy love life with a partner. And then menopause comes and tries to ruin everything. Exactly because of that, you should do the best you can to help your body adapt to changes, by educating and improving your routine that might be connected, and move on with your happy life.
Kathy Mitchell was born in the USA. She has done MA in English Literature. She loves to publish her article on different health and beauty websites. In her spare time, she like to do research on health information. She has written reviews on many brain supplements like Cebria and many others. She is contributing to Consumer Health Digest since past 6 years. Connect with her on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.