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How to help my sex life in menopause?

April 17, 2024

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Menopause brings various changes in a woman's body, significantly impacting her sexual health. Dr. Kelly Casperson, a renowned urologist and sexual wellness expert who teaches women about sex.

How Sex Can Change in Menopause

The primary change in menopause is the reduction of estrogen production. This hormonal shift can lead to:

Vaginal Dryness: Decreased estrogen levels often cause vaginal dryness, making sexual intercourse uncomfortable. Solutions include using water-based lubricants and vaginal moisturizers. In some cases, topical estrogen therapies may be prescribed.

Libido Fluctuations: Many women experience a change in their sexual desire during menopause. This can be due to hormonal fluctuations, emotional factors, and physical comfort during sex. A holistic approach, including both medical and psychological interventions, can be beneficial.

Navigating Intimacy and Communication

Open communication with your partner is essential in addressing changes in sexual health. Discussing desires, discomforts, and finding new ways to maintain intimacy can significantly enhance the sexual experience.

The Psychological Aspect

Menopause can affect self-image and sexual desire. Psychological support through counseling or therapy can address these mental and emotional changes. Recognizing and accepting these changes as part of the natural aging process is crucial.

Hormonal and Non-Hormonal Interventions

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can alleviate some menopausal symptoms affecting sexual health. However, it’s not suitable for everyone and should be considered in consultation with a healthcare provider. Non-hormonal medications and supplements might also be beneficial.

Practical Tips for Sexual Wellness

Prioritize Sexual Health: View sexual well-being as an integral part of your overall health.

Explore Different Forms of Stimulation: Be open to experimenting with different types of sexual activities and aids.

Stay Educated: Understand your body and the changes it undergoes during menopause to better navigate sexual health.

Menopause doesn't have to diminish your sexual experiences. With understanding, communication, and the right medical support, you can continue to enjoy a fulfilling sex life.

For more insights into menopause and sexual health, explore our full Menopause Masterclass series.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

More on Dr. Casperson:

Website: https://kellycaspersonmd.com

Podcast: https://kellycaspersonmd.com/you-are-not-broken-podcast/

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