Low libido After Menopause

Life After Menopause: How to Get Your Libido Back

One of the side effects that you may experience during menopause is a diminished sex drive.It's no secret that women are not always in the mood to have sex, but that doesn't mean it's normal to never have those desires. What fun is that? Just because you have been through menopause and can no longer have children doesn't mean you shouldn't be able to enjoy your partner; now you don't have to worry about getting pregnant!

Unfortunately, one of the side effects that you may experience after your hormones have been sent through the ringer during menopause is a diminished sex drive. Although some women tout the exact opposite and claim they have never been more sexually excitable in their entire lives, the vast majority are left looking for the love life they once enjoyed.

Who Took My Libido?

There is a combination of factors that can contribute to a lackluster libido. For instance:

Stress

Feeling tired does not usually put one in the mood.

Vaginal Dryness

Without natural lubrication, intercourse can become uncomfortable and unappealing.

Low Blood Circulation

With the decreased production of estrogen your body has now become accustomed to, your circulatory system may now be neglecting your nether regions.

Prescription Drugs

Some prescription drugs, including antidepressants, can dampen your sexual spirit.

Health Problems

If you are suffering from some other medical issue, sex may be the last thing on your mind.

Assuming Lost Sex Drive Is Inevitable

The idea here is that if you go your whole life assuming you will lose your sex drive after menopause, you will.

How Can I Get My Groove Back?

Healthy diet and exercise can have a huge impact on your energy through the day.Is there hope? Of course! It will just take a little dedication, and can you think of a much better incentive? Try:

Lubrication.If your body won't produce natural lubrication, try using a water-based lubricant. Never force anything though, that would just be unpleasant!

Healthy diet and exercise.Making lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on the amount of energy that you have at the end of the day, or around bedtime. However, if being intimate at nighttime isn't for you, figure out when during the day you have the most energy.

Forget the alcohol. It's understandable that you may not avoid alcohol at all times, but in order to prevent the risk of a hot flash, you should at least limit your alcohol intake.

Foreplay. Give your body a chance to warm up to the idea of sex. Why do you have to be in a hurry anyway?

Recommendation

Get creative. It's your life and you should be spending your time doing what you want to be doing. Sexual health is an important part of overall health. If you are experiencing chronic loss of libido, ask your doctor about what treatments are available to help you. Follow this link to read more about how to cope with loss of libido during menopause.

She gets a 2% testosterone cream that is applied

by SomethingBenign

Externally. She does 3 times a week.
Overall I am reluctant on meds, I prefer not to use meds if they aren't necessary. But we have been together since high school (12yrs) and have always had problem over sex. She has very low libido, she rarely masturbated, she didn't fantasize about sex, she never felt lust for anybody. Though she enjoyed sex once we got started she just didn't have any drive to start and so she was reluctant to get going.
After all of the years of fighting about sex and we both admitted that whether we wanted it to or not sex could ruin our relationship one day

Wow never figure it was this complicated

by sexybeast64


Maybe this will inspire some intelligent debate ?
Middle age is a time of hormonal upheaval for both men and women. The menopause-associated hormonal changes experienced by women are widely known. Less well-known are the changes experienced by men. Men undergo similar decreases in hormone production as women, but the decrease is more gradual. In men, the effects of decreasing testosterone levels may be compounded by an increase in estrogen production."

All HRT form of birth control have that issue

by annedroid

Just about every hormonal birth control pill can cause depression in some women. And every woman is different. Some get depression from Yasmine but not from the mini pill. Some get it from triphasics but not from monophasics. For others, it's the dosage that matters, so a lighter pill (with less estrogen and progesterone) works fine, while the heavier doses cause issues. Ironically, for some women, birth control pills LESSEN depression. So you see, we are all different.
Another common side effect of such pills is loss of libido. There are other potential side effects, such as hair loss, weight gain or unwanted enlarging of the breasts (the breast thing happens to my sister)

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