Menopause and Your Sex Drive

March 26th, 2010

Like aging, menopause is an inevitable part of every woman’s life. Menopause brings so many changes in a woman’s body and one of the most common problems reported is the loss of sex drive. A lot of factors contribute to decreasing sexual appetite; most of this is associated with physical changes in the woman’s body.

Women may find it disturbing that after they have come to grips with the physical changes in menopause other problems such as a diminished sex drive may come to haunt them in the future. Although a low sex drive is a common sexual problem experienced by women even before menopause, the incidents of this increases with menopause.

Sex has always played an important role in any relationship. And a couple in their golden years may find themselves spending more time with each other. This is where sex can play an important role of rekindling the fires in an old flame but this could also be a frustrating experience for women suffering from a decreased sexual drive.

In the past, topics such as sex after menopause or intercourse among older couples where regarded as being taboo. This didn’t mean that intercourse among older couples was wrong, but was just something brushed under the carpet. But with the current understanding of the importance of sex at any age, women have begun asking questions such as how to counteract the effects of menopause on the female sex drive.

Menopause was generally regarded in the past as a border between being sexually active and later life. This may be due to the fact that with menopause a woman’s reproductive capability is lost. But this is not true as women express their continued desire to enjoy sexual intercourse even after menopause.

Hormones play a vital role in the major functions of life. They help regulate body functions and determine changes which happen in the body. The start of menopause is signaled by the decreased production of female hormones. Hormones such as estrogen and progesterone are responsible for the normal menstrual cycle. These are not only responsible for the female reproductive cycle but are also responsible for female sexual characteristics.

Testosterone is a male hormone, responsible for male characteristics and libido. But testosterone is also produced in small levels in the female’s ovaries. Menopause also lowers the production of testosterone in the ovaries which also contribute to diminished sexual response and libido.

Low sex drive in menopausal women is mainly caused by hormonal imbalances. Sex hormones which are responsible for normal sexual functions decrease during menopause. Progesterone which is important for female libido also drops in production further aggravating the loss of sex drive in females.

Some women also experience pain during intercourse. This can be caused by vaginal dryness and the thinning of vaginal tissues during menopause. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining vaginal moisture and lubrication. And with decreased levels of estrogen intercourse sometimes becomes a painful experience further lowering the female’s sex drive.

Females may also feel less attractive during their golden years. A lot of body changes seen in later life are again because of the changing hormone levels in the female’s body. Changes in breast tissue, weight gain and fatigue are also because of changing hormone levels.

Decreased sex drive is one of the most common problems encountered by women during menopause. Although changing hormone levels is one of the major causes of decreased sex drive other factors such as an aging body contributes to the problem as well. A low sex drive is often due to a psychological lack of desire to perform sex. A better understanding of the changes which occur at later life can help maintain a healthy sex drive and a better appreciation of one’s body.

9 Responses to “Menopause and Your Sex Drive”

  1. anita says:

    I am 51 years and I have had “The surgery” and I am taking a hormone replacement will this product be safe for me to take

    • admin says:

      This product is safe and natural but it is always advisable to consult your doctor before you start any supplements especially if you have a medical condition under treatment.

  2. Pamela says:

    I am experiencing a low sex drive I am 45 and it came out of no where I am now being question by my man if I am no longer interested in him or sex the answer is yes I want it and I love him I do desire to please him but lately I have been too tired or simply uninterested in the sexual act. I can see this becoming a major problem in our relationship. Help me please!

    • admin says:

      You have not mentioned if you have hit menopause yet? While emotions are frequently behind a loss of sex drive in younger women, doctors say it is frequently the aging process itself that’s causes changes in desire in women over age 45. The fact that a woman is no longer ovulating regularly, or not ovulating at all, automatically takes her sex drive down a few notches. Lower estrogen and testosterone add to this. While you can try local estrogen therapy, herbal supplements have been very helpful in such situations and it might be worth trying them.

  3. debbie says:

    Hi, im ordering hersolution supplements today. What do you recomend for hormonal imbalance when your in menopause ?

    • admin says:

      Hersolution will help restore your hormonal balance. Apart from that, eat healthy, exercise regularly, try some meditation/yoga.

  4. Becky says:

    Check into bio-identical pellet hormone replacement therapy! The pellets are placed under the skin and this releases the hormones in more even way than pills or creams. They might be great enhancers, but if you’ve got some testosterone in your system, trust me…

  5. Jo Kirley says:

    So, I’m menopausal and 63 years old. Low libido is now a big issue because I am in a relationship with a younger man who is very sexual. I understand the body changes but do not feel less attractive. If anything, I am very confident in how I look. What can I take for the low libido? I prefer something herbal. Would the HerSolutions pills work?

    • admin says:

      Women of your age and condition have shown a lot of success with HerSolution so it is definitely worth a try!

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