How Does Menopause Affect Sex Drive?
The loss of estrogen and testosterone that happens during the peri/menopause years can lead to changes in a woman’s body and sexual drive/function. Menopausal and postmenopausal women may notice that they’re not as easily aroused as they were before the hormonal changes and they also noticed they notice less sensitivity to being touched. These changes can often lead to less interest or desire in sex (hypoactive sexual desire disorder). The decrease levels of hormones in the vagina can also cause a change in blood supply as well as to the tissues in the vagina and vulva. These changes can affect vaginal lubrication, causing the vagina to be too dry for comfortable intercourse.
Common Physiological Causes of changes in sexuality with peri/menopause
- Bladder control problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Depression and anxiety
- Health concerns
- Decreased desire
In order to menopause and sexuality concerns, it is first necessary to determine the root cause of your concern and we will address this from an integrative, functional approach. You may need to have a physical exam to evaluate your concern in more detail and we may need to assess your hormone levels. Your healthcare provider at The SHOW Center will work with you to create a personal pathway with multiple options to care that is tailored to your specific needs.
*This information does not replace a provider consultation. You should schedule an appointment with your provider if you experience any of these symptoms.