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Going through menopause is enough to fill any woman with dread. However, we will examine how to address low libido and how to deal with the issue.

What is menopause?

Going through “the change of life” or menopause is enough to fill any woman with anxiety.  From all the negative information we read, most of us ladies will wonder just what is in store for us as we begin the next phase of our life.  Low libido before, during and after menopause is one of the side effects of menopause a lot of women deal with-but there is hope!

Generally, a woman’s sex drive will decrease as she ages, but one of the main reasons why is because of menopause.

Losing estrogen and testosterone following menopause can cause a woman to experience changes in her sexual desire.

Menopausal and postmenopausal women may note it is not easy to become aroused and it can cause a decreased interest in sex.

What are some common symptoms of menopause?

During the transition into menopause, the physical symptoms of decreasing estrogen levels can include vaginal dryness, night sweats, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings and decreased libido.  Although not directly attributed to menopause, age related testosterone decrease can reduce a woman’s sex drive and sensation.  The exact role testosterone plays is complicated, because lowered libido has not been shown to be related to testosterone levels.  

How is low libido defined?

A woman’s sexual desire can naturally fluctuate throughout her life and it usually coincides with major changes.  When a woman has a persistent or recurrent lack of sexual desire and it is causing distress, she may want to seek medical treatment.  If you are bothered by a low sex drive or decreased libido, there are many lifestyle changes and sexual techniques which can put you back in the mood.  Some medications may offer promise as well, but you need to consult with your gynecologist or general practitioner for further information.

What can be done to treat vaginal dryness during menopause?

When a woman goes through menopause, she may notice she now suffers from vaginal dryness.  Vaginal dryness during menopause can be alleviated using water-soluble lubricants, which can make sexual intercourse more enjoyable.  A woman should not use non-water soluble lubricants, because it may lead bacteria growth.  There are many over-the-counter moisturizers that can be used on a frequent basis to help maintain vaginal moisture levels.   It is also possible to speak to your physician about vaginal estrogen therapy or medications which can be used to make vaginal tissue thicker and less fragile.

For many women, going through menopause can be a life freeing experience, but for others it can be annoying and frustrating.  A declining libido does not have to affect a woman’s overall quality of life, nor does it have to have a negative impact on her sexuality.  

See Also: Menopause - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

If a woman is going through menopause and is troubled by persistent or recurrent lack of sexual desire, it could be related to a condition called “hypoactive sexual desire disorder.”

In some situations, women can lose sexual desire and it can result in causing relationship issues with their partner.  If you have a pattern of avoiding sex, have little to no desire to engage in physical intimacy and do not initiate sex, it may be time to think about visiting your doctor to find out why.

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