Menopause and Sexuality Can Spell Sexual Liberation for Mature Women

by Laura Ramirez on July 14, 2011

Menopause and sexuality. What a loaded topic.ᅠFor some women, “the change” marks the beginning of sexual freedom, no longer are there any worries about getting pregnant. This sense of liberation along with changing hormonal levels increases their interest in sex.

Other women have the opposite experience. Menopause decreases their interest in sex and even makes it more difficult or even painful because declining hormones decrease lubrication in the vaginal walls. The other reason menopausal women are often less interested in sex is because their sleep has been compromised. Lower hormonal levels may mean difficulty falling asleep or difficulty staying asleep. Women may also be awakened all night by hot flashes, chills and night sweats or the aches and pains of other age-related decline.ᅠ

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Menopause and sexuality can increase the desire for intimacy.

In the years around menopause, you may experience changes in your sexual life. Some women say they enjoy sex more after they don’t have to worry about getting pregnant. Other women find that they think about sex less often or don’t enjoy it as much.ᅠKeep in mind that being less interested in sex as you get older is not a medical condition that needs treatment. But if you are upset about sexual changes, you can get help. Don’t be shy about talking with your doctor or nurse. They certainly have talked with many women about these issues before.

Menopause does not have to spell the end of your sex life. In fact, menopause and sexuality can go hand in hand and lead to more intimacy with your partner after your child bearing years are older. Taking simple measures can keep your sex life strong. Balancing your hormones with natural remedies, using a natural lubricant if you experience dryness and taking a supplement to help you sleep can work wonders.ᅠ

Of course the standard advice still applies: start exercising, eat a healthy diet and if you smoke, stop now.

What are your thoughts about menopause and sexuality? What measures have improved your sex life post menopause?

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