Sexual Healing

Does the menopause mean saying goodbye to sexy sleepovers and hello to quiet nights in? I don’t think so!

Decreased oestrogen levels during menopause can affect many aspects of sexual function, causing difficulty becoming aroused, vaginal dryness, and vaginal atrophy, or thinning and inflammation of the vaginal walls, which can affect as many as 45 percent of women after menopause.

Each woman's experience of menopause is unique; not all women have the same symptoms or experience symptoms with the same degree of severity. Decreases in oestrogen levels after menopause can cause a decrease in libido.

Menopause can also cause hot flushes and night sweats, and as a result, many women experience trouble sleeping and simply feel too tired for sex. Weight gain during menopause is common, and some women may be uncomfortable adjusting to their fuller figures. Others may feel depressed, irritable, or moody. None of these symptoms sets the stage for sex, so desire can fizzle out.

Libido is all about energy and the menopause is known to have an impact on your sex life, not just physical impact but psychological too.

When everything in life appears to be changing out of your control, here’s how to feel like you again…

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    Don’t forget lubrication and moisturizers – they can help maintain intimacy levels, makes sex more comfortable and boost your confidence.

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    Reconnect with your senses – work out what feels good to you and then share with your partner. Never forget the foreplay!

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    A healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, regular sleep habits, and a balanced diet can boost self-confidence that in turn can help increase sexual desire. You can learn to love your body.

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    There are many sex toys and an array of products available today that will surely make for some interesting “research.” Break out of your comfort zone and start experimenting, this is the new you!

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    Being “in the mood” is complex. Both physical and emotional factors play important roles. Dedicate time to be more intimate with your partner, go for a romantic dinner or a long walk together. Sex after menopause may be different, but it can still be very satisfying!