Enjoy Your Menopause!

May 31, 2008

Menopause and Loss of Libido

Filed under: Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 1:52 pm
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One of the more common complaints from women and their partners is the loss of sexual desire and drive as they enter into what is known as perimenopause.

An insufficiency in hormones disrupts this balance and creates problems. Loss of libido is not restricted to having a lack of sexual desire. Vaginal dryness and discomfort can force women to avoid having sex altogether. Creams and gels are used to combat this problem. The emotional changes associated with menopause can also affect sexual desires, as women often feel overly aggressive, irritable, and sometimes depressed – mental conditions that require peace time instead of ‘hot and heaviness.’

Estrogen is the primary sex hormone in a woman. The loss of estrogen leads to a loss of sexual desire. Remember, women also produce testosterone (in low levels), and testosterone is also responsible for promoting sexual drive. Lack of energy and depression occur because of these decreased levels, plummeting libido to close to non-existent.

Menopause also affects the way women look at themselves in terms of body. Distorted views on body shape during menopause can also decrease the desire for sex. Outside factors such as work-related stress, can also determine libido levels in a woman and usually require a shift in perspective to regain balance. In a lot of ways, menopause is a reshaping of who we are and what we want out of life.  So don’t sit back and do nothing.  Take charge and Enjoy Your Menopause!


  1. Great post. I wish someone had told me that years ago. I was abruptly thown into menopause when I was in my late 30’s due to a hysterectomy for cancer. Even with HRT, I still didn’t have the “drive” I did previously. And everything I read was saying the opposite was true for most women since they found a new sense of “sexual freedom” now that there were no concerns over pregnancy and birth control. I spent a lot of time wondering what was wrong with me. It was only through much reading and research that I discovered that lots of other women were experiencing the same thing – and then more reading to learn how to deal with it.

    Comment by Melodieann Whiteley — May 31, 2008 @ 2:43 pm | Reply

  2. Finally! I have an excuse for my low libido, lol! Now, don’t get me wrong I like sex and I like men, but they’ve never been a high priority for me – a fact that made me feel like I was lacking something, especially around some of my friends who thought only about men and sex!

    I guess I’ve always been more interested in having a relationship that is based on friendship and mutual interests and companionship, factors which outlast sexual desire by a mile!

    Comment by Pop Art Diva — May 31, 2008 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  3. Your readers might want to know about the re-released

    The Sexual Body: An Interdisciplinary Perspective by Arthur Efron,
    State University of New York at Buffalo (ISBN 0-930195-01-9)

    Full details:

    The Argument of the Book | Contents | Ordering


    Comment by Edward G. Robinson — August 14, 2008 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

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