How Does Menopause Affect Your Sex Drive?

The loss of estrogen, progesterone and testosterone following menopause can lead to changes in a woman’s sexual functioning. Menopausal women may notice that they are not as easily aroused, and may be less sensitive to touching and stroking — which can result in decreased interest in sex.

In addition, lower levels of estrogen can cause a decrease in blood supply to the vagina. This decreased blood flow can affect vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to be too dry for comfortable intercourse.

A lower oestrogen level is not the only culprit behind a decreased libido; there are numerous other factors that may influence a woman’s interest in sexual activity during menopause and after. These include:

  • Bladder control problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Stress

Sleep disturbance, depression, anxiety and stress can be related to progesterone and testosterone deficiency.

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The information contained in this website has been compiled using experiences gained by the author in his day to day practice and information from other books, articles and journals. It is recommended that readers exercise their own skill and judgment and seek professional advice before relying on the information contained in this website.

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