Sex And The Menopause

After menopause, sex can be less comfortable for women due to the effects of decreased oestrogen levels; this can contribute to vaginal dryness, a loss of interest in sex and intimacy and pain during sex. Some women also feel less attractive after the menopause and this can affect their confidence and their self-esteem. A survey cited by the NHS showed that a staggering 84 per cent of women going through menopause found sex uncomfortable and 70 per cent admitted that their relationship had changed. If you are having troubles with sex, this is perfectly normal and very common and there are solutions out there than can help.

One of the main problems faced by women as a result of menopause is vaginal dryness, which can make sex unpleasant and uncomfortable; the main treatment for this issue is lubricant, which helps to prevent dryness, make sex more comfortable and ensure that both partners gain more enjoyment out of the experience. If vaginal symptoms are an issue after menopause, don't feel embarrassed or ashamed to go to your GP for advice and to find out about treatments that can help you.

It is common for women to experience a loss in sex drive (libido) after menopause and experts often recommend trying new methods and techniques to add more passion and encourage more intimacy. If sex is painful, experts often recommend other intimate techniques, rather than penetrative sex and it can really help women to feel confident, so partners are encouraged to be complimentary and reassuring. Make time for each other as a couple and discuss any issues that are worrying or bothering you; often, once you've shared a problem, this makes you feel better and you can find a solution together.

Sometimes, reduced libido can be linked to factors, such as stress, anxiety, depression and a lack of self-esteem and working on these issues with the hep of your GP and further treatment, such as counselling or other talking therapies, can help to have a positive effect on your sex life.

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