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Intimacy During Menopause – Yes You Can!

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intimacy and menopause is the questionI am approaching menopause. Is my sex life going to be over?


Are you wondering if menopause will have an impact on intimacy for you and your partner? Are you scared to talk to your doctor or partner about it? Well, if you are, you are not alone!

Many women worry that approaching menopause means the end of their sexuality and ability to have sex, but that’s not true. Women in menopause can have a fulfilling and pleasurable intimate life. Intimacy does not have end with menopause, though you may need to make some changes.

One reason sexual intercourse can be an issue during menopause is a lack of estrogen. Without enough estrogen, there is less blood flow to the vagina, causing you to have thinning vaginal tissues, vaginal dryness, and less elastic vaginal tissues. Separately or together, these symptoms can make intercourse uncomfortable and even painful. Knowing sex is going to hurt can then severely affect your desire for intercourse. Ironically, having sex can increase blood flow to the vagina and help relieve some of these symptoms.

A lack of estrogen can also cause urological concerns such as a urinary tract infection or pelvic organ prolapse. Those conditions can also lead to uncomfortable sexual intercourse. Low levels of estrogen may also cause sleeping problems, anxiety, and depression, all of which can have a negative on your interest in sex. A decrease in testosterone can also be a problem for your libido, making you less interested in intimacy.

Using hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one way you can address and minimize many of the issues related to sexual issues during menopause. There are a number of different hormone delivery systems to choose from, so you and your doctor can work together to find the one that addresses the menopause symptoms affecting your sex life.

In addition, with some patients and an open mind, you and your partner can work to find ways to overcome the challenges of menopause that affect intimacy. You may need to use some vaginal estrogen, spend more time touching outside the bedroom, and make some healthy lifestyle changes. Having open communication, incorporating personal lubrication, and trying new positions can also be helpful.

So even if you find you have no sex drive or sex is painful, don’t give up. Talk to your doctor and your partner so you can find ways to have a fulfilling and satisfying sex life, even during menopause.


This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

11-19-2015 - 04:05 PM


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