Clinically defined, menopause is the end of regular monthly menses in women. Many women might remain asymptomatic, but a vast majority will go through some type of symptom. And at times, the symptoms — night sweats, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, anxiety, etc.
As someone who has always had a healthy sexual appetite, I know that I feared this symptom greatly. After all, I figured, if one has a hot flash, one can strip down to a t-shirt. But until someone invents the female equivalent of Viagra and right here is why more women need to go into the STEM fields, girls! Imagine my surprise, then, when I experienced — among the other symptoms of perimenopause — my sex drive actually increasingnot decreasing.
Providers routinely call ZRT for support in addressing low libido for their patients during the menopausal transition. Busy lifestyles, everyday stress, not enough or poor quality sleep and many other factors can all contribute to putting sex at the bottom of the to-do list, well after laundry, scrubbing the floor, and taking the dog to the vet. Low libido is a multidimensional issue that can have a little bit of everything infused into its mosaic.
Perimenopause is the stage leading up to menopause. It can begin anytime after age 35 and lasts for an average of 4 years, however, for some women, this stage can be only a few months or could last much longer than 4 years. During perimenopause, hormonal fluctuations can cause irritability, mood swings, weight gain, anxiety and an increase in headaches.
Since I wrote a piece about sex after menopausealmost women and some men have written me to share their experiences. Some of the emails have been agonizing to read, while others have been inspiring. What I now know about midlife sexuality is that no two women have the same story.
The loss of estrogen following menopause can lead to changes in a woman's sexual functioning. Menopausal 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.
The other day I was chatting online with a new friend and potential lover, a younger cis-guy who lives in another city. No one told me about this in menopause class! You learn something new every day!
With no need to worry about getting your period, becoming pregnant or being walked in on by your kids, your postmenopausal sex life should be stellar, right? This change has a huge impact on your sexual function. It can lower desire and make it harder for you to become aroused. It can also make the vaginal canal less stretchy and you may experience dryness, which can cause intercourse to be painful.