Menopause and Sex Life. Not two words you necessarily associate together but actually the menopause can have a profound effect on your sex life, and not in a good way.
If you’ve had a healthy sex drive up to this phase of your life, it can make you feel under pressure to continue your sex life at the same level as before. Unfortunately your body has other ideas! For a lot of women they just feel too tired and then guilty at the fact you’re saying ‘not tonight’ again.
Be assured though, it’s totally normal to not feel in the mood!
Your ovaries stop producing oestrogen which can cause vaginal dryness and make sex painful and difficult, and over time lessen your desire as it just feels too much like hard work.
Hot flushes and night sweats also don’t exactly put you in the mood and make bedtime a sexy place to be! And the weight you’ve gained is seriously affecting your confidence and making you feel pretty rubbish.
Add to that a dip in your testosterone levels, which plays a key role in a woman’s sex drive and sexual sensation, and you can understand why so many women in their 40’s and 50’s have a reduced sex drive. Especially as our sexual desires naturally decline with age anyway.
The good news is you don’t just have to suffer through and accept this as your lot!
There are things you can do to help boost your sex drive and put you in the mood.
Here are my top tips:
1. Diet. Certain foods have been found to increase libido:
– Magnesium rich foods including green leafy vegetables, beans and pulses boost levels of your sex hormones.
– Phytoestrogens such as flaxseeds and soy beans naturally mimic oestrogen in your body and increase your sex drive
– Spinach, garlic and coconut, can help boost your testosterone levels which affects your libido
2. Herbs can also be beneficial in helping to boost your libido, including ginseng which helps to boost testosterone, ashwaganda increases blood flow to the clitoris and other female sexual organs and maca root helps to balance hormones and improve sexual experiences and satisfaction.
3. If the feeling is more psychological, due to low mood and a lack of confidence in yourself, then talking about it can really help. Whether that is to your partner, a friend or a health practitioner, know that it is really common and you are not alone.
4. Building strong emotional bonds with your partner, doing things like holding hands, talking and cuddling can help build connection and intimacy with your partner, and put you in the mood.
5. Lubricants can make sex easier and more enjoyable. Go for a water-based one as the most natural way to increase moisture and maintain your vagina’s natural PH.
6. Exercise helps by boosting stamina and strength, which in turn increases your confidence and sex drive. Go for a walk, join a dance class, just do something that you enjoy! Here are some specific exercises!
So it is just another natural and normal phase of life and, if you follow the above tips, you can work with it!
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