Enjoy Your Menopause!

June 26, 2008

How Does Menopause Affect Your Sex Drive?

Filed under: menopause,Uncategorized — Beverly Mahone @ 6:23 pm
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The loss of estrogen following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s sexual functioning. Menopausal and postmenopausal women may notice that they are not as easily aroused, and may be less sensitive to touching and stroking — which can result in decreased interest in sex.

In addition, lower levels of estrogen can cause a decrease in blood supply to the vagina. This decreased blood flow can affect vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to be too dry for comfortable intercourse.

Do All Menopausal Women Experience a Decrease In Sexual Desire?

No. In fact, some post-menopausal women report an increase in sexual satisfaction. This may be due to decreased anxiety associated with a fear of pregnancy. In addition, many post-menopausal women often have fewer child-rearing responsibilities, allowing them to relax and enjoy intimacy with their partners.

Stay cool. Keep a damp cloth or a bucket of water nearby to cool yourself quickly if you wake up feeling hot and sweaty.

Lighten up. Avoid heavy bedding. Choose breathable nightclothes: light cottons, sheer materials.

Consult your doctor. If you have difficulty sleeping after age 35 because of hot flashes, night sweats, or other symptoms of perimenopause, ask about the possibility of taking a low-dose birth control pill to stabilize estrogen fluctuations. Your doctor may also consider short-term use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to help relieve menopause-related symptoms. Note that HRT is not for everyone; ask your doctor if it’s right for you. To see if your sleep improves, your doctor may also suggest a prescription sleeping pill for a short period of time.

Ban the family pets: Your pet’s movements — or your allergies to animals — could be disturbing your sleep. Animals can also give off a tremendous amount of heat.

If you have trouble sleeping for more than a few weeks, or if sleep problems interfere with your daily life, speak with your doctor or contact a board-certified sleep specialist.

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1 Comment »

  1. Oh, hot flashes have been messing with my sleep patterns for 15 years! I won’t take estrogen because of the amount of cancer on both sides of my family so I’ve toughed it out, but I’m happy that they are finally subsiding!
    Yes, dogs especially can really put out the heat – they’re body temperatures range from 100 – 102. But they’re great in the winter for warming your feet or the bed!

    Comment by Pop Art Diva — June 28, 2008 @ 8:25 pm | Reply


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