Ugh, sex. It’s often the last thing on your mind when you’re going through menopause. With symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flushes, and fluctuating hormones, it’s hardly surprising if you’re not up for it. But menopause doesn't need to signal the end of a satisfying sexual relationship. In fact, many women emerge from the initial I-Don’t-Want-Sex-Ever-Again slump to discover a renewed feeling of sexual energy. Here’s how you can enjoy a fulfilling sex life in your fifties and beyond.
It’s time to have a serious chat. How is menopause effecting your body and sex drive? Help your partner understand what you’re going through by having a frank conversation about your needs and how your body responds to sex.
The symptoms of menopause vary for each woman, but may include hot flushes, night sweats and weight gain. These things may not put you in the mood for sex. Involve your partner in discussions about how you can manage your symptoms, from cooling down the room to considering menopausal hormone therapy (MHT).
Menopause is an inevitable part of life for all women. Find empowerment by accepting menopause as not the end of your femininity, but part of your experience as a woman. Many women see menopause as an opportunity for personal growth. A positive attitude will help you feel more confident and sexy.
It might be time to bring back some old fashioned romance. Think candles, holding hands, and foot massages. There are many ways to be intimate without having sex. Maintain closeness and attraction with your partner by touching, cuddling – and even, talking.
Yes, vaginal dryness can be a very real problem for a lot of women – but there are ways to manage it.
When your libido is low, you may choose to have 'decision-driven' sex rather than 'desire-driven' sex. This might mean sex is planned and deliberate, rather than spontaneous. You might find you ‘get in the mood’ once you get started.
Don’t be shy. Try out some new and different ways to find sexual gratification. Include activities that don’t involve vaginal penetration, such as oral sex, sexual aids and mutual masturbation. Physical changes may slow your reaction times, so plan for slow, lingering sessions of lovemaking.
When you have a busy life, it’s easy to put yourself last. Make self-care a priority.
This can have a positive effect on your libido, and also help you to cope with other symptoms of menopause. Check out our menopause-friendly recipes for ideas on eating foods that may help reduce your symptoms. Also talk to your doctor about how you can manage the symptoms of menopause through lifestyle or medication options. Take our Menopause Symptoms Checklist with you.
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