Does Sex Life End With Menopause?

Menopause is a time of physiological and psychological changes for women, and the doubts and questions that arise naturally can be increased by the myths and taboos that surround it.

Precisely, many of these uncertainties and beliefs revolve around the changes that menopause can cause in sexual life , something to which the purely reproductive role that many cultures have assigned to women’s sexuality for millennia contributes.

The end of sex?
Menopause is not (or should not be), far from it, the end of a woman’s sex life. This unfounded belief that some people can maintain would start from the taboos that surround sexuality in adulthood, the overestimation of some of the physical discomfort that climacteric can bring (the time immediately before and after menopause) and, as we indicated, the misidentification between female sexuality and reproductive function.

It is true that climacteric, due to the hormonal changes that it brings, can cause a decrease in libido and some physiological changes that can be an obstacle to sexual practice. But it is not usual for the sexual appetite to disappear completely, nor are these discomforts insurmountable.

Among these physiological symptoms (which also include hot flashes, fatigue and urinary problems) perhaps the one that can have the greatest impact is vaginal dryness, which, however, can be tackled with the use of specific lubricating gels .

Regarding the psychological ones, among which the one that can have the greatest impact is the decrease in sexual appetite but also include others such as depressive moods or decreased self-esteem, these are changes that should be faced with the help of a specialist , who It can give us guidelines to cope with them or in certain cases even pharmacological treatments.

However, on a general level and specifically with regard to sexual life, it can certainly help to face sexuality in a different way ; for example, putting less emphasis on intercourse and more on other types of practices, taking more time to achieve arousal, trying new elements (for example, introducing toys or new practices) and spending more time on masturbation).

Improve general fitness
Of course, our global health status influences not only sexual life but also the psychological experience of menopause. Therefore, you can follow some basic tips aimed at improving our well-being.

In particular, trying to maintain proper sleep hygiene, eat healthy, do physical exercise regularly (and especially it may be beneficial to practice Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles) and avoid the consumption of harmful substances (such as alcohol and tobacco) can help alleviate the uncomfortable physical sensations associated with the stage.

However, it is important to note that these guidelines do not replace in any case the visit to the doctor and the follow-up of the treatments that in each case he may prescribe. Certain symptoms may require, for example, hormonal or psychiatric treatments.

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