Sex Life after Menopause
Menopause is a stage in a woman’s life, wherein her monthly periods stop as she crosses her 40’s. Hot flashes, changes in sex drive, weight gain, vaginal dryness, heart palpitations, mood swings and memory loss are some of the common symptoms of menopause. In earlier times, sex life after menopause was known to be dull. But today women are ready to experiment and lead an active sex life in their post menopause phase.
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Sex life after menopause:
It is a myth that the women lose their libido post menopause, which makes their partners lose interest in them sexually. In very few cases, women experience a lower sex drive, which can also be remedied. On the other hand, sex life after menopause can actually be better as women no longer have to worry about unplanned pregnancies. In certain cases, women may even experience a renewed libido after menopause. As such, women can continue to enjoy their sexual life after menopause without any major issues.
Women in their post menopause phase often feel liberated. They experience independence and find themselves free to explore, travel and pursue their passion. An emotional sense of well-being contributes to a happy sex life after menopause in a big way.
After undergoing hot flashes, mood swings, depression and other symptoms for a period of time, women feel exhilarated when they regain normalcy after menopause. All the symptoms slowly decline and women feel stress-free. Good physical well-being boosts up sex life after menopause.
However, vaginal dryness could be the reason behind a low libido in women undergoing menopause. Low levels of oestrogen decrease the blood supplied to the vagina, causing subsided lubrication and dryness. Vaginal dryness makes love-making uncomfortable and the sense of physical inability hampers the sexual desire in women. Water based lubricants such as KY-Jelly can be used to overcome such problems during intercourse. Post-menopause, these symptoms fade substantially leading women to regain their sex drive.
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Some women hit the gyms to boost their stamina and work on their figures post-menopause. There are several kegel exercises that can be practiced to strengthen the vagina for stronger orgasms.
Barring a few initial months of discomfort, it is a myth that women cannot have an active sex life after menopause. However, in case there are persistent issues that are hindering your sex life for a long time, it is best to discuss them with an expert or doctor.
Read more articles on Understand Menopause and Perimenopause.
Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 24, 2013
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